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Thursday, August 27, 2015

Blog Post #1: Source Evaluation

There are two types of sources: primary and secondary sources. It is really important to be able to critically analyze these two types of sources to be able to know which ones are more relatable and which ones are more likely to have bias opinions.

A primary source is information coming directly from a person who experienced the event and is telling their experience. An advantage of a primary source is that you are getting information directly from someone and there are no misunderstandings or wrong interpretations. However, a disadvantage of a primary source is that opinions can be very biased. Some examples of primary sources are interviews, journalists, photographs and videos.

A secondary source is information that doesn't come directly from the person who said it or experienced it, but instead, it is the information of various primary sources put together. An advantage of a secondary source is that the author gathers multiple opinions and puts them into one. This can help so that the article is not biased. A disadvantage of a secondary source is that paraphrasing can cause misunderstandings and many times, it changes the information. Some examples of secondary sources are textbooks, blogs or websites, some non-fiction books and biographies.