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Primary and Secondary Resources: Secondary Resources

Secondary Resources

What is a secondary source?

A secondary source is information about primary, or original information, which usually has been modified, selected, or rearranged after the fact, for a specific purpose or audience. It can be a description, an interpretation, an analysis, a commentary and an evaluation of an historical event or phenomenon, or the original writing of an author.

Examples:

Biographies

Indexes and Abstracts

Bibliographies

Chronologies

Encyclopedia articles

Commentaries

Dictionaries

Dissertations and Thesis

Directories

Monographs (non fiction)

Editorials

Review articles and Literature review

Textbooks

Work of criticism and interpretation

Periodical articles

Almanacs and Fact books

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