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Primary Source Analysis

Primary Source Analysis

Primary Source Analysis is an interactive tutorial that walks learners through a five step process of researching a primary source. Test your skills with example documents from UCLA Special Collections!

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  • List 5 examples of questions to ask when analyzing primary sources
  • Identify the 5 basic steps of primary source analysis...
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Cynthia Mari Orozco
Cynthia Mari Orozco (Librarian)
1 week ago
Overall this is a succinct, comprehensive tutorial for conducting primary source analysis. The tutorial assumes that students have an understanding of what a primary source is, which allows students to dive right into the analysis of these sources, but also includes a link that students can access to learn more about primary sources and secondary sources. I would use this with my community college or lower division university students as an introduction to primary source analysis. It would be useful to have some text above the tutorial that helps students navigate the tutorial, something as simple as instructing students to click through the slides. I like that the second slide tells students that the link button will provide more information, but this could be reemphasized later in the tutorial; for example, on the fifth slide, the narration can remind students that they can access this document through the provided link, as opposed to trying to read the document in the video itself. If there are captions for the videos, it would also be helpful to instruct students how to enable those captions.