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Finding Primary, Secondary, & Tertiary Sources

tips for searching and evaluating

It's all about context

Secondary Sources: Materials that place primary sources in context. The viewpoint is from outside the original source.

Examples: Articles in magazines/newspapers/trade publications, literary criticisms, book and movie reviews, scholarly articles evaluating original research, second-hand accounts, biographies, interpretations, descriptions, commentaries.


Think you know your stuff about primary and secondary resources? Check out this amazing tutorial from Ithaca College Library. It's tough (Neil deGrasse Tyson-type questions)...but fun! And, you'll really learn a lot about how, when it comes to identifying sources, it's all about context!

Primary vs Secondary SourcesQuiz