Primary sources provide firsthand evidence gathered by the author(s). They may be created or documented at the time of an event as in
A primary source may also be documented at a later time (but are still firsthand accounts), such as
Ask a librarian for the best places to find primary sources for your subject area.
|Research field||Primary source|
|Law and politics||
Secondary sources describe, interpret or analyze information obtained from other sources (often primary sources). Examples of secondary sources include
Tertiary sources compile and summarize mostly secondary sources. Examples include
Now is the time for you to think about your topic and research options. Inform the class about your current research. Then tell us what type of sources you could use in each category.
Now, it is your turn!
|Art||Painting||Critical review of the painting||Encyclopedia article on the artist|
|History||Civil War diary||Book on a Civil War Battle||List of battle sites|
|Literature||Novel or poem||Essay about themes in the work||Biographical dictionary|
|Political science||Geneva Convention||Article about prisoners of war||Chronology of treaties|
Grab your favorite book or a book that is easy to locate. Preferably, it should be an academic book, but any book will do. Share your book with us.
Locate these main parts:
1. Title page
2. Verso/-Copyright Information. subject terms/key words
3. Table of Contents
When it comes to electronic books, the parts are not as easy to notice. Let's check out this example.
Let's look at these journal articles. Locate the main parts of each journal article. The format is slightly different by discipline.