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Should I use this information?: Primary and secondary sources

This guide poses some questions that will help you decide what information sources are best for your work

What's the difference?


A primary source is an original object or document, first-hand information or raw material.

A secondary source is something written about a primary source.


• As a rule of thumb, any source that interprets, reviews, analyses or discusses any kind of data or information, can be considered a secondary source.

Primary vs secondary sources


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