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HST 110/111: World Civilizations I & II

What are Secondary Sources?

Secondary Sources:

  • Often interpret or analyze primary sources
  • Often analyze or interpret a topic or an event 
  • Are materials or documents created after the time of the event or topic in which you are interested


Examples of Secondary Sources

  • Scholarly books
  • Scholarly book reviews 
  • Scholarly articles or essays
  • Biographies
  • Documentaries
  • Textbooks
  • Most books and articles with "review," "history," "criticism," "interpretation," "analysis," or "commentary" in the title


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