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RESEARCH SUPPORT: TERTIARY SOURCES

What is a Tertiary Source?

Tertiary sources consist of information which is an overview and collection of primary and secondary sources. An example may be the bibliography at the end of a journal article or encyclopedia entry.

 

Some types of secondary sources include:

  • Almanacs
  • Bibliographies (also considered secondary)
  • Chronologies
  • Dictionaries and Encyclopedias (also considered secondary)
  • Directories
  • Fact books
  • Guidebooks
  • Indexes, abstracts, bibliographies used to locate primary and secondary sources
  • Manuals
  • Textbooks (also be secondary)