News reports and newspaper articles can be primary or secondary sources, depending on the point of view. If a reporter is reporting on an event he or she took part in or witnessed first hand, it would be considered a primary source. For example, if a reporter witnessed and then reported on a Congressional hearing, the article would a primary source.
If the reporter is analyzing an event that took place by collecting facts after the event, it would be a secondary source.
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Primary source documents are documents created by witnesses of events being documented. They offer an inside viewpoint. They can include:
Some examples include:
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Secondary sources interpret and analyze primary sources. They are written after an event has occurred, and provide analysis and secondhand accounts of events/topics because they are one or more steps removed from the event. The perspective, interpretation, and conclusion of a secondary source may be different from that of the primary source.
Secondary sources include: