This research guide is a tool to help you identify and locate primary and secondary sources for your research relating to the early history of the Caribbean. If you have any questions about your research, my contact information is on the left. Feel free to email me to set up time to meet and discuss your questions further.
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Primary sources are the evidence of history, original records or objects created by participants or observers at the time historical events occurred or even well after events, as in memoirs and oral histories. Examples of primary sources may include but are not limited to:
Examples: letters, manuscripts, diaries, journals, newspapers, maps, speeches, interviews, documents produced by government agencies, photographs, audio or video recordings, born-digital items (e.g. emails), research data, and objects or artifacts (such as works of art or ancient roads, buildings, tools, and weapons). These sources serve as the raw materials historians use to interpret and analyze the past.
Primary sources are characterized by their content, regardless of whether they are available in their original format (possibly handwritten manuscript form), in microfilm/microfiche (mini reproduction of a document), in print or digital format. At Rutgers, most of it is held in Special Collections and University Archives (SC/UA) at Alexander Library. Not all of their items are in the library catalog.
Secondary Sources are one step removed from primary sources, though they often quote or otherwise analyze or use primary sources. They can cover the same topic, but add a layer of interpretation and analysis. Secondary sources can include:
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