Primary sources are original documents or objects that provide first-hand information such as diaries, letters, memoirs, speeches, interviews, eye-witness accounts, original artwork, photographs, audio or video recordings. These materials were created at the time the event occurred by someone who experienced or witnessed the event in question.
Secondary sources are secondhand accounts that interpret, analyse, and discuss primary sources. These are usually in the form of published works such as journal articles or books, but may include radio or television documentaries, or conference proceedings. These materials might tell you about an event, person, time or place, but they were created by someone not from the time period.
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The credibility of your assignment rests on the credibility of the resources you have used in it to support your arguments.
Before you include a resource in your assignment you will need to evaluate it to consider if it is appropriate for a university level assignment.
Check out the Evaluating Sources LibGuide for more info.
An increasing number of ANU theses are being deposited in the ANU Digital Theses Collection and are freely available online. You can search for them in the ANU library catalogue and then click on the link provided or browse from the ANU Digital Theses Collection.
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