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What is a secondary source?
Generally secondary sources are accounts written after the fact with the benefit of hindsight. They are interpretations and evaluations of primary sources. Secondary sources are not evidence, but rather commentary on and discussion of evidence. However, what some define as a secondary source, others define as a tertiary source. Context is everything ("Primary, Secondary and Tertiary").
Some examples include (but are not limited to):
- articles & books that interpret, review, or analyze other works
- literary criticism
- political analyses
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