You've likely heard the term 'primary sources' and 'secondary sources' before.
But have you heard of tertiary? Most likely you've used one before without even knowing it. Here's a brief breakdown of each type.
Note: Keep in mind that the meaning of these terms differs depending on your program of study and the context in which it is used.
- Primary sources are original materials. Primary sources can be artifacts, first-person accounts such as diaries, or an article presenting original research.
- Secondary sources interpret or discuss original sources. Some examples of secondary sources are journal articles, literature reviews, books, and book reviews.
- Tertiary sources synthesize information from primary and secondary sources. Tertiary sources can be books, encyclopedias, dictionaries, and textbooks.
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If you're unsure about which sources to use for your assignment, contact the Library for help.