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Help for secondary sources
Secondary sources are interpretations, analysis, discussion, or evaluation of a subject. Often, a secondary source is from a time period that is different from the subject studied; it is a secondhand, not eyewitness, account of events, people, or subjects.
Journal articles and books are often formats of secondary sources, but some of these may report original research data, eyewitness accounts, or interviews, in which case they may be primary sources. Context is important for distinguishing between a primary or secondary source.
Options for finding secondary sources
These can be at the end of journal articles (often called Reference List or Works Cited), in books, and published as a book or document, which may be found in our catalog or in WorldCat.
Encyclopedia and textbooks
Look at references in required book chapters or in reference books used for background information for your course.
These reports may include interpretation of events.
Syllabus for your courses
Look at supplementary readings for additional references.