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HIST 3000: Historiography

Secondary Source Research

What Are Secondary Sources?

"Secondary sources are texts - such as books, articles, or documentary films - that are written or created by people who were not eyewitnesses to the events or period in question; instead, the authors of secondary sources synthesize, analyze, and interpret primary sources.

Reading secondary sources is often the simplest and quickest way to to become acquainted with what is already known about the subject your are studying...Moreover, the bibliographies of secondary sources can direct you to primary sources and additional secondary sources that you might find useful." 

Taken from Mary Lynn Rampolla, A Pocket Guide to Writing in History, 8th ed (Boston: Bedford/St. Martin's, 2015), 9-10. 


Finding Secondary Sources:

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