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Tips for Class Preparation

Most history courses, including History 100, include primary source documents that students are expected to read prior to class. Here are some important questions to consider while reading primary sources assigned in your classes:

  • Is it a primary or secondary source?

  • Who wrote this document?

  • Who is the intended audience?

  • What is the story line?

  • Why was this document written?

  • What type of document is this?

  • What are the basic assumptions made in this document?

  • Can I believe this document?

  • What can I learn about the society that produced this document?

  • Why do I care about this document today?