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RESEARCH SUPPORT: SECONDARY SOURCES

What is a Secondary Source?

Secondary sources are documents written after an event has occurred, providing secondhand accounts of that event, person, or topic. Unlike primary sources, which provide first-hand accounts, secondary sources offer different perspectives, analysis, and conclusions of those accounts.

Some types of secondary sources include:

  • Journal and magazine articles
  • ‚ÄčCommentaries
  • Criticisms
  • Histories
  • News reports
  • Encyclopedias
  • Textbooks
  • Books