This guide provides teaching and learning modules that incorporate collections from the Rubenstein Library's Human Rights Archive. The modules are easy to use tools for instructors who want to teach students how to understand and analyze primary sources. All the exercises and resources are available on-line and at no cost.
Each subsection of the guide focuses on a collecting topic of the Human Rights Archive. They include digital and digitized primary sources, brief descriptions of the documents, learning outcomes for each exercise, and a document analysis worksheet with guiding questions and discussion points.
As defined by the American Library Association, "Primary sources are the evidence of history, original records or objects created by participants or observers at the time historical events occurred or even well after events, as in memoirs and oral histories...These sources serve as the raw materials historians use to interpret and analyze the past." Primary sources may include letters, memos, postcards, posters, interviews, videos, cassette tapes, e-mail, spreadsheets, websites, and even social media accounts.