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How to evaluate the sources you find.

Primary and Secondary Sources

What is Primary Sources?

Primary sources are first-hand or immediate account of an event. Primary sources represents original thinking or reports on an event or discovery.   

Examples of primary sources are:

  • creative art or literature
  • interiews or speech
  • orginal documents or certficiates
  • a scholarly article reporting the findings from new research.
  • photograph or video capture an event

What is Secondary Sources?

Secondary sources offers interpretation or analysis of primary souces. This often include analysis or synthesis of existing works.

Examples of secondary sources are:

  • textbooks
  • criticism of books or articles
  • journal article analyse/synthesize other articles
  • dictinaries and encyclopedia