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ENVS 328 - Politics of the Global Environment

Primary vs Secondary Sources

Types of Sources

Primary Source

  • Reports original research
  • Results of experiments
  • Reports on new discovery
  • Results of clinical trials

Secondary Source

  • Reports and analyzes previous results without adding new data
  • Editorializes on information from previously published paper
  • Interprets previous study

Tertiary Source

  • Compiles secondary sources
  • Creates a synopsis about a topic


Primary Source

  • Published results of an experiment or clinical trial
  • Published results of a research study or natural observation
  • Proceedings of a Conference or Meeting

Secondary Source

  • News article reporting on an experiment
  • Review of a series of articles on a given topic
  • Editorial article

Tertiary Source

  • Encyclopedia articles
  • Textbooks

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