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Primary, secondary and tertiary sources: Examples

Primary vs. Secondary Sources

Primary, Secondary & Tertiary Examples

Discipline

Primary Source

Secondary Source

Tertiary Source

Art

Original artwork

Article critiquing the piece of art

Art Index

Engineering

Patent

Derwent Patents index

Guide to using patent literature

History

Explorer's Diary

Book about exploration

APAIS

Literature

Poem

Treatise on a particular genre of poetry

MLA

Psychology

Notes taken by a clinical psychologist

Monograph on the condition

Dictionary of psychology

Science

Journal article reporting original coral research

1.Biological Abstracts

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2. Review of recent coral research

2. Biological Abstracts

Theatre

Videotape of a performance

Biography of a playwright

Chronology of the play

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