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FYS 100 Growing Up with Harry Potter -- Fall 2018: Primary vs Secondary

Which is it?

Primary vs. Secondary

A primary source is original or new material on which other research is based.  A secondary source analyzes, evaluates, re-packages, summarizes or reorganizes information reported by researchers in the primary literature. Many books including textbooks, newspaper or magazine articles, encyclopedias, and scholarly review articles are examples of secondary sources.

Primary vs. Secondary in a NutShell

Primary Sources Secondary Sources
Data & statistics Encyclopedias
Original research findings Magazine articles
Speeches and interviews Books unless written at the time of the event
Diaries Textbooks
Photographs Analysis of research or an event
Autobiographies Biographies
Government documents and public records Review articles
Newspaper articles reporting facts about an event Newspaper articles interpreting an event