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Primary and Secondary Sources: Home

This guide will explain what primary and secondary sources are and how to find them.

What's in this Guide?

This guide explains the difference between primay and secondary sources and shows readers how to search for and locate primary and secondary sources.

Sometimes professors may require students to find primary sources for their research papers in addition to secondary sources. What do the terms"primary" and "secondary" mean? How do you distinguish between the two? How do you go about finding primary source materials in the library and on the web? How do you locate secondary sources for your papers or project? For answers to these questions, click on the tabs above.

Examples of primary and secondary sources in the various disciplines (Arts and Humanities, Business, Education, Health and Human Services, Sciences, and Social Sciences were compiled by Lisa Bier.

Literature Librarian

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Winnie Shyam
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