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Primary, Secondary, Tertiary Resources : Secondary Sources

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Secondary Sources

A secondary source is a document that interprets or analyzes primary or other secondary sources.  It is second hand information, i.e., one step removed from the event. 

Examples include:

  • books such as biographies, histories, overviews, works written with the use of other sources
  • literature reviews
  • book reviews
  • journal articles (which are not primary reports of new research)
  • newspaper & magazine articles (which do not give first hand accounts)
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