What is a secondary source?


Secondary sources are often produced in the months and years following an event and fulfill a number of purposes including;

  • analyzing past conditions or events
  • framing a condition or event within a greater context
  • interpreting and discussing primary sources
  • summarizing information about a topic based upon primary sources

 For more information on secondary sources and to see examples of them see What is a Secondary Source? on the Primary, Secondary, & Tertiary Sources guide.


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  • Last Updated Apr 16, 2024
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  • Answered By Elizabeth Clarke

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