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ENC 1102 HC: Primary vs. Secondary Sources

This guide is designed to help students with library research as they complete various assignments in Dr. C.M. Clark's ENC1102-Honors 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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