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ENGL 286 Presidential Rhetoric: Resource Guide


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Interrogating Primary Sources

Primary sources are documents or physical objects created at the time historical events occurred or well after events in the form of memoirs and oral histories. Examples include:

  • ORIGINAL DOCUMENTS (excerpts or translations acceptable): 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. These sources are one or more steps removed from the event. Secondary sources may have pictures, quotes or graphics of primary sources in them.  Examples include: Textbooks, journal articles, histories, criticisms, commentaries, and encyclopedias.

Interrogating Primary Sources
The SOAPS method and ask these questions questions about the source:
Subject: What is it talking about?
Occasion: When and where was this record created or found?
Audience: Who is it for?
Purpose: Why was it created?  Why do I care?
Speaker: Who is speaking?  Who created it?
 SOAPS was originally developed by Tommy Boyle at the University of Texas, El Paso.

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