Q. What is a secondary source?


A secondary source is a source that analyzes or interprets a primary source.  A primary source can be an original object or document such as diary or photograph, an eyewitness account, or raw data.  Seconday sources can include:

  • Scholarly articles
  • Review articles
  • Magazine articles
  • Books
  • Book reviews
  • Documentaries
  • Conference Proceedings

If you have a research assignment that requires secondary sources, be sure to check with your professor to be certain that you are using the correct sources of information.

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  • Last Updated Sep 09, 2015
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  • Answered By Susan Mikkelsen

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