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Archives and Primary Sources: Teaching with Primary Sources

A guide to to using primary sources within the Simmons College Archives and on the Web.

Applying Primary Sources

When and Why Should We Teach With Primary Sources?

Teaching with primary sources is beneficial for teachers and students of all levels. Primary sources encourage students to think analytically and to look beyond just the information that is in front of them. They should be utilized whenever a historical thesis is involved, or for upper level academic writing with applicable. 

Simmons Specific Examples

  • Material Culture
  • History of Libraries
  • First Year Writing
  • Journalism
  • History or other Humanities Thesis
  • Upper Level Seminars 

Helpful Web Guides for Teaching

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