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English and Creative Writing Guide: Articles, Books & More

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Finding literature in the JCU Library explained

Works by an author, works about an author and works about a work are shelved together in the 820's. Australian literature and works about Australian Literature are shelved together in the 820A's.

The 820A's begin after the 820.999's. The 820C's (Canadian literature) are shelved after the 820.999A's.

Primary vs secondary sources

Primary Sources: Those written by an eye witness to the event. Includes photographs and other images made by someone who were present at the event.

Secondary Sources: Commentary, scholarly research by people after the event and referring to primary sources; can be many years after the event.

Most first year subjects will require the use of recent research rather primary sources.

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