Primary versus secondary sources

When conducting research on your topic, it is often helpful to consider the type of documents you need. One distinction to make is whether or not you need to refer to primary or secondary resources. Take a look at the following web pages from other university websites that offer good definitions for primary and secondary sources.

  1. Primary, Secondary and Tertiary Sources (University of Maryland).
  2. How To Distinguish Between Primary and Secondary Sources (University of California Santa Cruz)
  3. Research Help: Primary vs. Secondary Sources (Manhattan Community College)



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