A print resource is any resource which is printed on paper. Common examples include books, newspapers, reference materials such as encyclopedias, etc. Consult your school or local librarian for assistance with locating print resources. The college of San Mateo has a thorough description of different varieties of print resources. Print resources are generally grouped into two categories: primary and secondary sources.
Primary Sources - A primary source is a document or physical object which was written or created during the time under study. These sources were present during an experience or time period and offer an inside view of a particular event.
Some types of primary sources 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
Examples of primary sources include:
- Diary of Anne Frank - Experiences of a Jewish family during WWII
- The Constitution of Canada - Canadian History
- A journal article reporting NEW research or findings
- Weavings and pottery - Native American history
- Plato's Republic - Women in Ancient Greece
Secondary Sources - A secondary source interprets and analyzes 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.
Some types of secondary sources include:
- PUBLICATIONS: Textbooks, magazine articles, histories, criticisms, commentaries, encyclopedias
Examples of secondary sources include:
- A journal/magazine article which interprets or reviews previous findings
- A history textbook
- A book about the effects of WWI
Taken from: http://www.princeton.edu/~refdesk/primary2.html
BCPS has access to an extensive array of print resources both in your school, and in other schools around the county. You can use the BCPS destiny database to locate print resources within the county. See the student resources section for links.