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What are Primary, Secondary, and Tertiary Sources?
- Primary: original objects or documents with first-hand information or raw material.
- Secondary: sources that analyze, interpret, or draw conclusion from a primary source.
- Tertiary: sources that index, organize, or compile other sources.
Watch this video from the Hartness Library to learn more about primary and secondary sources.
Why Should I Use Primary Sources?
- Scholarly research is based on facts and observations. Primary sources provide first-hand observations and facts.
- Using primary resources shows your professor that you have done the research to produce a good paper.
- Using primary sources shows that you can interpret facts and draw your own conclusions from them.
- Using primary and secondary sources add more substance to a paper due to a mixture of sources.