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CMNS 123 - Analysis & Reporting for Information Technology

Primary Sources

Key characteristics of primary sources include:

  • The context of the event;conversation bubbles
  • The people involved in the event;
  • Location of the event;
  • The timeline of the event;
  • First person accounts about what transpired during the event;
  • What was said and who said it;
  • Emotions underpinning the event; and
  • Official documents, publications or media associated with the event.

Primary sources can include:

  • Autobiographies, memoirs, diaries and personal journals;
  • Interviews;letter
  • Correspondence;
  • Paintings, drawings, sound recordings, films, videos and photographs;
  • Newspaper and magazine accounts;
  • Recollections;
  • Speeches and debates;
  • Official public & private documents (Government reports, laws and regulations, annual reports, business and organizational filings, etc.); and
  • Scholarly publications and reports that present original research and findings.

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