Answered By: Lydia Tsai
Last Updated: Mar 12, 2018     Views: 85

A secondary source is a work that interprets and analyzes a primary source or event. Secondary sources are written or created after primary sources and are considered "one step removed" from primary sources. They discuss information originally presented elsewhere. Examples of secondary sources include:

  • Books and articles by scholars
  • Biographies
  • Histories
  • Literary criticisms
  • Political commentaries
  • Reviews


  • The following video by The Hartness Library describes the difference between a
    primary and secondary source:

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