October 29, 2020

Tech Tool: Digital Primary Source Analysis Tool

Digital Primary Source Analysis Tool

The Library of Congress digital primary source analysis tool is an especially great resource when you want to model a primary source analysis or when you want to complete a class or collaborative primary source analysis.

Digital Primary Source Analysis Tool prompts

The tool can be used with numerous types of primary source analyses and features prompts for the Observe, Reflect and Question columns as well as the Further Investigation box; the precise number of prompts for each is dependent on the primary source format chosen.

Completed analysis ready for download

If students have access to computers or tablets, they may also fill out the digital primary source analysis tool individually and print, download or email the completed analysis to the teacher.

downloaded analysis

Further ideas for primary source analysis prompts, including audio recordings, images, maps, music, newspapers, oral histories, political cartoons, texts, and video recordings

Primary Source Analysis Tool paper version (.pdf)

Primary source activities, lessons and teaching strategies using the primary source analysis tool

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