Learn the difference between primary and secondary sources. (Video created by Hartness Library, CCV/Vermont Tech.)
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What are primary sources?
Primary sources are uninterpreted, original, or new materials.
Original documents* (manuscript, poem, correspondence, letters)
Data from a study
Peer-reviewed journal article that report new findings
Artwork, music, play, movie
* Many primary sources are presented as books – but they are reprints of the original documents!
What are secondary sources?
Secondary sources are information sources about primary sources. Secondary sources interpret, explain, describe, or draw conclusions based on works written by others. Examples include:
Peer-reviewed journal article that critique others’ work