Pre-session work - Please watch this 2 min 53 sec video explaining the differences between primary & secondary sources
The short-term goal of this guide is to supplement the face-to-face Library sessions:, so that you:
Will be able to distinguish between primary and secondary sources in the humanities and social sciences
Begin to recognize which databases and collections contain what sort of information
In order to choose the right database or collection to serach your different research needs:
Here is a useful chart about primary vs. secondary sources.
Primary & Secondary Sources by The Teaching & Learning Team of George Mason University Library is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License.
Primary resources (“First Hand”)
The original things you will study, examine, evaluate, or critique
Secondary Sources ("Second Hand")
Sources that are results of analyzing, synthesizing, explaining, or critiquing the original materials