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Primary vs. Secondary vs. Tertiary Sources
Where do I start?: Reference Resources
Examples of Primary vs. Secondary Sources
Description Primary Source Secondary Source
Example: Scientists Studying Industrial Fertilizer
Article in scholarly journal publishing results of testing for fertilizer levels.
Newspaper editorial calling for regulations on use of industrial fertilizer.
Example of Types of Sources
- Conference Papers
- Lab Notebooks
- Peer-Reviewed Scholarly Article
- Conference or Society Proceedings
- Studies or Surveys
- Technical Reports
- Criticism and Interpretation
- Government Policy
- Guide to Literature
- Law and Legislation
- Publications discussing Moral, Ethical or Political Aspects
- Publications Analysizing Public Response or Opinion
- Review Articles
From University of Puget Sound's Collins Library Subject Guide for Chemistry