edexcel A2 history coursework - primary sources

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struggling to find primary sources, just wondering what people have found is the best way to find/choose them?
libraries I have been to are quite limited, and if they do have books I don't know how to skim through an entire book in order to find a paragraph I can use as a source...
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(Original post by <3 inbetweener =D)
struggling to find primary sources, just wondering what people have found is the best way to find/choose them?
libraries I have been to are quite limited, and if they do have books I don't know how to skim through an entire book in order to find a paragraph I can use as a source...
Have you tried googling for things like Newspaper reports and peoples' memoirs? Depending on your topic there's usually a satirical cartoon available online if you google the term correctly, that should point you in the direction of some primary sources. Unfortunately there isn't really a way to speed up each search through a book other than using the old index and glossary, it really is that tedious for everyone :/ (but best get used to it now, its how uni essays work!)
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You need a minimum of 6 sources, 4 of which must be contemporary (different to primary)

1) Try looking for official documents, eg UN, Hansard, MOD,
2) Try newspaper articles - Times online, BBC 'on this day'
3) Try chasing footnotes or endnotes in any books on your topic
4) Seminar Studies in History series usually have contemporary documents at the back
5) See if there is a documentry reader for your topic, for example there are books on the Arab-Israeli conflict that have original documents reproduced.
6) GCSE books are full of sources which you could chase up or use. It does not matter that it is in a GCSE book
7) If you find a quote in a secondary source, you can use it as a contemporary source. Say that it was, for eg, Yasser Arafat quoted in X.
8) Have a look at the National Archives website and see if your topic is there. http://www.nationalarchives.gov.uk/education/ or try the cabinet papers http://www.nationalarchives.gov.uk/cabinetpapers/
9) Also by the national archives with lots of sources you can print off http://www.learningcurve.gov.uk/index/default1750.htm
10) A last suggestion: anyone alive for your topic? An interview perhaps?
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You need a minimum of 6 sources, 4 of which must be contemporary (different to primary)

1) Try looking for official documents, eg UN, Hansard, MOD,
2) Try newspaper articles - Times online, BBC 'on this day'
3) Try chasing footnotes or endnotes in any books on your topic
4) Seminar Studies in History series usually have contemporary documents at the back
5) See if there is a documentry reader for your topic, for example there are books on the Arab-Israeli conflict that have original documents reproduced.
6) GCSE books are full of sources which you could chase up or use. It does not matter that it is in a GCSE book
7) If you find a quote in a secondary source, you can use it as a contemporary source. Say that it was, for eg, Yasser Arafat quoted in X.
8) Have a look at the National Archives website and see if your topic is there. http://www.nationalarchives.gov.uk/education/ or try the cabinet papers http://www.nationalarchives.gov.uk/cabinetpapers/
9) Also by the national archives with lots of sources you can print off http://www.learningcurve.gov.uk/index/default1750.htm
10) A last suggestion: anyone alive for your topic? An interview perhaps?
thanks for your help, hadn't thought of half those things before!
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Can we just use the same sources from the sample coursework? Would it be considered as plagiarism?
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