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Cultural Anthropology

Research Guide for Cultural Anthropology

Using Primary Sources

Sometimes in your cultural anthropology work, you may wish to analyze primary sources about your research subjects

A primary source can be:

  • Diaries or letters from members of the culture you are studying
  • Interviews with people of the culture of your study
  • Artwork produced by members of a culture or photographs of aspects of it.
  • If you are interested in historical events,  newspaper articles rom the same time as your research subject, particularly if they contain interviews or eyewitness accounts.