Primary Resources Guide

A primary source is a first-hand or contemporary account of an event or topic. Primary sources are original materials, regardless of format. Letters, diaries, minutes, photographs, artefacts, interviews, and sound or video recordings are examples of primary sources created as a time or event is occurring


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We want you to go through the slides titled 'Primary Source Slide Show' in the resources section sections and go through other links sections and then answer the questions in the 'Tasks' document attached. The answers are included but you are encouraged to answer the questions before you look through the answers.


You are to look through the slides 'Primary Source Slide Show' link could be found in the resources section and answer the questions in 'Task' document. You are also to read through the Process' document which provides simple explanation and examples of what is Primary and Secondary sources. Once you are able to differentiate between the two you will be able to use documents more appropriately and in the right setting. The video attached is also a good for understanding the difference between the two sources.



The aim is for learners to be able to use and identify documents, specifically recognise what is the primary source. Learners should be able to separate between primary and secondary sources.


Learning Outcomes

  • Undergoing Literacy training will enable participants to use relevant documents to in order to find out more information about the subject they are researching.

Knowledge Acquired

  • After having followed the training material and the example exercises, the participants/trainees should have acquired a good knowledge to identify different documents and how it is relevant to the work/research he/she is doing.

Skills Acquired

  • The participants will develop skills to use documents alongside visual historical photos. The training will enable participants to filter documents from different eras and gain creative thinking in understanding which documents are important which are not

Competences Acquired

  • The participants will be able to decipher between documents which are relevant, which are interesting and which are not useful.