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BOS 101: Virtual Boston: Primary Sources & Social Media

What are Primary Sources?

Map of South Boston, via Google Maps

Primary Sources are original materials on which other research is based, including original written works such as poems, diaries, court records, interviews, surveys, maps, newspaper articles, and original research/fieldwork; original art works, such as paintings and photographs; and research published in scholarly/academic journals.

Neighborhood News Sources

Below are links to news sources focused on Boston neighborhoods.

Boston Weeklies

Below are links to Boston-based weekly newspapers.

Social Media & More

There are a variety of ways to gather information on Boston neighborhoods through social media as well as on the open web. Think about the people, places, and things contained in a particular neighborhood. For example, in Simmons' neighborhood there are a number of institutions that focus on education, health, art, and more. Do they have a Twitter feed? A Facebook page? Do they provide historical and contextual information on their websites? Below are some examples of social media and websites focused on Simmons' neighborhood. Map your neighborhood to find this type of information!

Boston Magazines

Below are links to Boston-based weekly magazines.