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Holocaust Studies

Use this guide to identify library and open web sources to research the holocaust

Primary vs. Secondary Sources

Primary Sources:

Primary sources of information are direct or first hand accounts of experiences and events or original research studies. 

Primary sources of information include:

  • Interviews
  • Diaries
  • Speeches
  • Autobiographies
  • Letters
  • Photographs
  • Videos
  • Audio recordings
  • Research including:
    • Empirical research
    • Case Studies
    • Cross-sectional Studies

​Secondary Sources:

Secondary sources of information are created by someone that did not experience an event first hand. They may tell a story or provide details or evidence based on information collected through a variety of sources and interpret or analyze an event or issue. Primary sources are often quoted or cited within secondary sources.

Secondary sources of information include:

  • Books
  • Textbooks
  • Encyclopedias
  • Journal articles
  • Magazine articles
  • News articles
  • Research including:
    • Meta-analyses
    • Systematic Review