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I'm hoping someone on the list can help me determine the suitability of a
source that a student wants to use for History Day. According to the rules,
quotations used in secondary sources cannot be used as primary sources
because they are taken out of context, but how about a book of quotations?

A student wants to use Mao's Little Red Book. This is a collection of
quotations rather than full text material. Technically, it is a primary
source. However, it is just quotations taken out of context, much like a
book of Lincoln's quotations and FDR's quotations. I would not consider them
to be primary sources, but this student believes Mao's book is primary, as
does her father, who lived in Hong Kong during Mao's Cultural Revolution. My
interpretation is that it is not a primary source. 

Am I misinterpreting the rule? Any advice?


Rosanne Zajko - Librarian
Ancillae Assumpta Academy
Wyncote, Pa.

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