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HIST 4800: Great Conspiracies in United States History: Home

This guide is a compilation of library and Internet sources that may be useful for researching conspiracies in United States history.

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Overview

 

This research guide pulls together a variety of sources you may want to use if you're conducting research on conspiracies in U.S. history.

Click on the tab for the type of resource (books, articles, archives, etc.) or click on a tab for one of the conspiracies being studied in this course.

What Is a Primary Source?

Primary sources are records of events as they are first described, usually by witnesses or by people who were involved in the event. Many primary sources were created at the time of the event, but can also include memoirs, oral interviews, or accounts that were recorded later.  Visual materials, such as photos, original artwork, posters, and films are important primary sources, not only for the factual information they contain, but also for the insight they may provide into how people view their world.  Primary sources may also include sets of data, such as census statistics, which have been tabulated, but not interpreted.  

*From Hairston, Maxine and John J. Ruszkiewicz. The Scott, Foresman Handbook for Writers. 4th ed. New York : HarperCollins College Publishers, 1996, pg. 547.

Some examples of primary sources:

  • Diaries
  • Oral Interviews
  • Letters
  • Speeches
  • Clothing
  • Photographs
  • Audio files
  • Video files
  • Eyewitness accounts
  • Manuscript census records
  • Artifacts

What is a Secondary Source?

Secondary sources offer an analysis or a restatement of primary sources. They often attempt to describe or explain primary sources. Some secondary sources not only analyze primary sources, but use them to argue a contention or to persuade the reader to hold a certain opinion.

Examples of secondary sources:

  • Textbook
  • Encyclopedia
  • Dictionary
  • Bibliography
  • Scholarly journal article
  • Scholarly book
  • Almanac

 

Author of this LibGuide

Carol Singer
Contact:
Library Teaching & Learning Department
Rm. 152 Jerome Library
Bowling Green State University
Bowling Green, OH 43403
singerc@bgsu.edu
419-372-9412