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Primary vs Secondary: Resources

Purpose of LibGuides

This Subject LibGuide will take you through the process of performing research in order to create an academic level research paper or project.

Navigate within this Subject LibGuide by using the horizontal tabs.

Let the journey begin, you are on your way to gather and analyze information!

Student Login Information

Wifi access for students:

Use your student portal credentials

connect to the lahc-Student or LACCDStudent network

​username: Your portal username (http://mycollege.laccd.edu/)

Password: Your portal password

Quick Tip!

Keep track of the sources you use so it will be easier for you to create the appropriate citations!

Primary vs Secondary

Primary sources are documents or physical objects which were written or created during the time under study.

Original Documents: diaries, speeches, manuscripts, letters, interviews, news film footage, autobiographies, official records.
 
Creative Works: poetry, drama, novels, music, art.
 
Relics or Artifacts: pottery, furniture, clothing, buildings.
 
 

Secondary sources interpret and analyze primary sources; they are one or more steps removed from the event. 

Publications: textbooks, magazine articles, histories, criticisms, commentaries, encyclopedias.
 
Images: pictures, quotes, or graphics of primary sources.

Student Success

Be Challenged, Be Curious, & Organize Your Thoughts!   

Identify Student Resources: library, counseling department, tutoring/writing center, clubs, and associations. LAHC Student Services

Be Prepared: start early by prepping for registering for classes, class materials, and assignments.

Create Connections: form study groups and build long lasting relationships with your peers. 

Office Hours: visit your instructors during their office hours! Communicate your needs and concerns to clarify class assignments. 

Feedback: learn to provide and receive feedback from your peers, instructors, and counselors; it is an opportunity to grow for everyone involved. 

Don't Give Up: talk to someone on campus before quitting (instructor, counselor, or librarian), they can aid you in finding the recourses you need to make your academic experience successful!