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Primary Sources

Secondary Sources

A secondary source interprets and analyzes primary sources. Secondary sources are one step removed from the event. Examples include:
  • biographies
  • books
  • commentaries, criticism
  • dictionaries, encyclopedias
  • histories
  • journal articles
  • magazines and newspaper articles
  • textbooks
Finding Secondary Sources
Search the library catalogue (QCAT) by subject or keyword to find books, etc. Add or look for one of the following subheadings attached to the subject headings:
  • history
  • history and criticism
  • criticism and interpretation
  • biography
Check to see if there is a bibliography compiled already on your topic. Also consider searching journal indexes and databases to find articles on your topic.