Sources, their use in forming arguments, and their analysis, are central to history subjects. Therefore, it is of the utmost importance that you learn what they are and in what forms they come.
A source is something that survives from the past or something that describes the past. There are two kinds of sources: primary and
Primary sources come from the time that is being investigated. These are often the hardest to find but, as a result, are often the strongest evidence you can use in your assessment pieces.
There are many different types of primary evidence:
Secondary sources are made after the time being investigated by the historian. As you progress as a History student, you will start to find that some secondary sources are better than others. As a general rule, value secondary sources that are created by scholars, as they are usually more reliable.
Like primary sources, secondary sources come in different types:
Demonstrating source kind and type in your writing:
The Gallic Wars is a firsthand, written account of Julius Caesar’s invasion of Gaul.
In a series of letters written in 1914 to the Russian Tsar, German Kaiser Wilhelm II wrote that “the responsibility for the disaster which is now threatening the whole civilised world will not lie at my door” (1914, n.p.).