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Choosing Your Sources: Authority

This video will discuss some of the types of sources you may encounter and what authority might mean in different contexts. 

Question to consider: After watching the video above, think about what sources you consider the most important or authoritative. What criteria do you use?


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Choosing Your Sources: Primary vs. Secondary

Watch the video to learn about the differences between primary and secondary sources and how they complement each other.



  • The question you are asking helps determine what types of sources you will need to consult.
  • Using both primary and secondary resources can give a more complete picture of the topic you are researching.


Words to Know:

Primary Sources are first-hand accounts or documents from people who had direct experience with the event. 

Secondary Sources are sources that analyze, discuss, or interpret primary sources.