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BSC 2010 Principles of Biology I: Primary vs. Secondary Sources

This information pathfinder is designed to help students with library research as they complete various assignments in Professor Morata's class at the Wolfson Campus.

Primary Sources

Original document; first hand information on a topic or event; original research or thought.

 

Examples:

  • Original creative works (art, music, poetry, etc.)
  • Scholarly research
  • Results of scientific experiments
  • Results of clinical trials
  • First hand account of an event
  • Government records (births, census, deaths)

Secondary Sources

Sources that analyze, evaluate, interpret, describe, or criticize original documents.

Examples:

  • Critique of creative work
  • Analysis, evaluation of research
  • Review of results of the scientific experiments
  • Analysis of results of clinical trials

Identify a Primary or Secondary Source

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