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A Writer's Handbook

Sources: Primary and Secondary

  • Primary sources are the original documents of discussion.  This could be a piece of literature or art, or this could range from a law to a bill being discussed politically, or a movie or TV show or advertisement.  Anything that is the original source is called primary.
  • Secondary sources are sources that critically comment on primary sources.  These source authors analyze or argue their points about these primary sources.  Secondary sources are used to research to back up your ideas about the primary sources.

Exercise 12