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Year 9 Science: A Nuclear Proposal: ATL Skill: Research

Resources to support the Year 9 study of nuclear power

Research template

Download this research template and record your summarised notes and the source of your information.

Primary and Secondary sources

Primary sources are first-hand accounts created by people who witnessed the events they've recorded. Primary sources can include documents, illustrations, photographs, maps, music, audio recordings, etc.

Using primary sources in your work not only adds credibility to your argument, but it demonstrates that you are an expert researcher.

Example of a Primary Source:

The Batman Treaty, which was held up as proof that John Batman 'purchased' the land around Melbourne in 1835, is an example of primary source material.

Secondary sources interpret and comment on primary sources. Primary sources are used by a wide range of people – writers, academics, students, artists and others – as part of their work. When secondary sources are created, they can potentially provide a different interpretation or alter the significance of the relevant primary source.

Example of a Secondary Source:

A history textbook you use in class is an example of a secondary source.


ATL Visual MYP (2021). ATL Visual MYP.pdf. [online] Google Docs. Available at: [Accessed 21 Feb. 2021].

Evaluating your sources

Media bias