Join Elsa Loftis for an in-depth discussion in this video Primary vs. secondary sources, part of Information Literacy.
- Another way that you can evaluate a resource…is based on whether or not the information…is from a Primary Source or a Secondary Source.…The difference is fairly straightforward,…but the distinctions are sometimes overlooked…in the research process.…A Primary Source is a firsthand account.…Examples of a Primary Source can be a Diary, a Letter,…or a Description of an event by someone who experienced it.…Also, a study or a research paper that was composed…by the original researcher is a Primary Source.…
A Secondary Source, as you might guess,…is information reported by someone else, second hand.…Maybe it's a news article reporting on a study or an event,…it could be a Book written about surrealism.…Whatever form it takes, really,…it's an outside perspective of a topic or an event,…that might offer some interpretation or analysis.…In the Book world, a Primary Source…might be a Memoir or an Autobiography,…since it was written by the person, therefore, primary.…A Secondary Source might be a Biography,…since the writer themselves, personally,…
Artist or designer? Elsa explains how creative professionals can use informational searches for inspiration and professional development. Whatever your background, this course is designed to help you become a better, faster, and more thorough researcher.
- Understanding the information cycle
- Working with books, periodicals, databases, and web resources
- Identifying your information needs
- Choosing search terms
- Evaluating resources
- Citing sources
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1. Types of Resources
2. Search Strategies
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