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# Question Video: Identifying Primary and Secondary Data Sources Mathematics • Third Year of Preparatory School

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Fill in the blank: Something written or a work of art created about an event in World War II by someone who is not in the war is considered ＿. [A] a primary source [B] a secondary source [C] both a primary and a secondary source

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Fill in the blank. Something written or a work of art created about an event in World War II by someone who is not in the war is considered what. Is it (A) a primary source, (B) a secondary source, or (C) both a primary and a secondary source.

Before we answer the question, let’s remind ourselves what we mean when we talk about primary and secondary sources. A primary source is essentially a firsthand account. The data collected from such sources is called primary data. And that can come from interviews, census, and observations. Then, once we’ve defined a primary source, we’re able to define a secondary source as giving information about a primary source. It’s existing information which is collected and organized by others. Secondary data can then come from websites, textbooks, or newspapers.

So in this question, we’re looking to establish whether something written or a work of art created about an event by someone who was not at the event is considered a primary, a secondary, or both primary and a secondary source. And so the key part of this question is that the person who’s creating this piece of work was not actually in the war. If they weren’t at the event, then it cannot possibly be a firsthand account. They can, in fact, only create that account by seeking out a firsthand account from someone else. And so, for that reason, the answer must be (B). This work must be a secondary source only.

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