Source Analysis Guidelines

Developing Guiding Questions for Students

This resource presents methods for guiding students’ analysis of primary sources. Created originally for educators of SALEM in History and later adapted for Using Essex History, it includes sample questions related to local history.

Educator Resources from the National Archives

This site from the National Archives offers a variety of sources for educators. Many of these resources can be applied to online and distance learning, such as the Document Analysis Worksheets and DocsTeach. The National Archives frequently updates this site with sources relevant to present conversations so check in often.

Teacher Resources from the Library of Congress

This site by Library of Congress offers primary source materials for teachers to use in their classrooms. Search the site by course standards, learn how to use primary sources, and explore ready to use primary source sets and lesson plans.

Making Sense of Evidence

This site from George Mason University was created to help students and teachers learn how to effectively analyze primary sources. It is broken up by subject matter and also highlights example primary source analyses.