In your future careers and fields of study, you are likely to encounter a variety of primary source material. This material may include film, images, tax records, handwritten notes, charts, spreadsheets, and interviews.
At the U.S. National Archives Doc Teach site, you will participate in a “Weighing the Evidence” activity. From the perspective of a social scientist, this experience will allow you to make value assessments on which primary sources are most useful and why.
You will submit a short paper that explains the criteria you used to rank the sources. Include specific examples of how sources might be used in research. Identify a secondary source that would effectively supplement the primary resources, providing different information.
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