Distinguishing Between Primary and Secondary Sources

Part One: 

1. Read and study Library Research Using Primary Sources, prepared by Bill Whitson and Margaret Phillips, librarians at UC Berkeley, on which this quiz is based, and Evaluating Sources in the Writer's Guide  
2. Click the red button next to each answer you think is most correct.   
3. If you do not know the answer, please do not guess. Wrong answers are penalized, and guessing would defeat the purpose of this quiz, which is to help you find out what you know and what you still need to learn about primary sources.   
4. If you check the wrong red button, simply click the correct one to change it.   
5. If you have checked a red button with a guess and wish to deselect all red buttons for that question, just click the lit red button.   
6. When finished, click the "Click When Finished Button" at the end of the test. Your score will appear below it, and all correct answers will be lit with a green button. Check over the "green lit" answers you didn't know, and then reread Library Research Using Primary Sources to find and study the correct answers.  

Describe the results of your quiz and assess your understanding of the difference between primary and secondary sources: 

Part Two:

Find appropriate library information about the historical events that you are researching this week in order to fill in the worksheet below. When you have finished, you should print out this web page for your own records.

1. The name of a key participant:

2. The name of an organization or agency that was involved in your topic:

3. The title of a relevant print reference source (for example, a specialized encyclopedia, chronology, factbook, biographical dictionary) in the library, and its call nunmber:

Tip: Look in use Melvyl or Antpac to find the library record. 

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Last updated: 13 October 1999