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HIST 090: Black Radical Thought

Fall 2016, Prof. Natanya Duncan

What is a secondary source?

Secondary sources analyze, describe, discuss, or summarize primary source. In general, a secondary source is one or more steps removed from the event, time period, or person being discussed, and are written after the fact with the benefit of hindsight. Secondary sources can include:

  • Biographies
  • Reference sources like dictionaries or encyclopedias
  • Literature reviews
  • Works of criticism or interpretation as in many scholarly articles

Key Secondary Source Databases

Finding books - ASA, the library catalog