Primary Source Analysis Worksheet

 

Step 1: Identify the Source

Answer all known fields

Source title

 

Author or creator

 

Type of source

 

Date of source

 

Original source location

 

 

Physical description

 

 

Step 2: Analyze the Source

Answer all known fields, only if evidenced by the source itself

Author

Intended Audience

Race

 

Race

 

Age

 

Age

 

Gender

 

Gender

 

Other information (such as job, social status, family info, etc.)

 

Other information (such as jobs, social status, families, etc.)

 

 

Step 3: Contextualize and Explore the Source

Answer only with information evidenced by the source, otherwise cite or note your

secondary source of information

Why was this source/document created?

 

 

 

What is the historical context of the source (i.e. political, social, economic, or environmental context)?

 

What opinions and/or unintentional implications are conveyed by this source?

 

 

What do you still not know, and where can you find that information?

 

 

What contextual information should be noted about you, the researcher (i.e. your race, age, gender, familial and social background, etc.)? How might that influence your interpretation of the source?

 

 

Step 4: Using the Source

What is one historical statement that can be made using the source as evidence?

 

 

 

What can be concluded about the validity of the source, and about its place in the broader historical/social context of the time?

 

 

Where might historians look next to continue the discussion?