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WRT 101S - Desert Vista - Information Literacy Skills - Severson: Primary vs.Secondary Source
Secondary sources are accounts written "after the fact" and with the benefit of hindsight (greater understanding of the incident). They are normally interpretions and evaluations of primary sources. Secondary sources are not evidence, since they provide commentary on and discussion of the evidence.
From: "Primary, Secondary and Tertiary Sources." Univeristy of Maryland, Univeristy Libraries. 1 March 2013. Web. 3 October, 2013.
Primary and Secondary Source Examples
The Collected Poems of Langston Hughes by Langston Hughes; David Roessel (Editor); Arnold Rampersad
Call Number: PRIMARY SOURCE
Publication Date: 1994-11-15
A complete anthology of the poetry of Langston Hughes presents 860 poems that capture the rhythms, emotions, cultural significance, and political awareness of African-American life, from his earliest works to his final collection.
Langston Hughes by Laurie F. Leach
Call Number: SECONDARY SOURCE
Publication Date: 2004-06-30
This biography traces Hughes' life and artistic development, from his early years of isolation, which fostered his fierce independence, to his prolific life as a poet, playwright, lyricist, and journalist. Hughes' inspiring story is told through 21 engaging chapters, each providing a fascinating vignette of the artistic, personal, and political associations that shaped his life.
More Primary and Secondary Sources at Pima
Profiles in Courage by John F. Kennedy; Robert F. Kennedy (Foreword by); Caroline Kennedy (Introduction by)