Answered By: Iris Carroll
Last Updated: Jun 29, 2016     Views: 67

A secondary source is a source of information that is written after the fact with the benefit of hindsight. Think of a secondary source as an interpretation and/or evaluation of primary information. Secondary information is not evidence, but rather commentary on and discussion of evidence. Examples are:

  • Biographies
  • Books
  • Commentaries
  • Dissertations
  • Indexes, Abstracts, Bibliographies (used to locate primary & secondary sources)
  • Journal Articles

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