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Primary & Secondary Sources (EasyBib)


What is a Primary Source?

Primary sources are first-hand, authoritative accounts of an event, topic, or historical time period. They are typically produced at the time of the event by a person who experienced it, but can also be made later on in the form of personal memoirs or oral histories.

Anything that contains original information on a topic is considered a primary source. Usually, primary sources are the object discussed in your paper. For instance, if you are writing an analysis on Upton Sinclair’s The Jungle, the book would be a primary source. But, just because a source is old does not mean it is a primary source.


Examples of Primary Sources


What is a Secondary Source?

Secondary sources interpret or critique primary sources. They often include an analysis of the event that was discussed or featured in the primary source.

They are second-hand accounts that interpret or draw conclusions from one or more primary sources.


Examples of Secondary Sources


The information found on this page is taken from the Reseach Guide available under the Student Resources tab on EasyBib.


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