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SSI1-173: Alexander Hamilton's America: Getting Started

Hamilton Documents

Types of Sources

In academic research, it's important to be able to distinguish between different types of sources.  These differences often are contextual, meaning that a single source might fit in different categories depending on how you are using it and in what academic discipline you are writing.

Primary sources are the raw materials of scholarship.

Secondary sources report on or interpret primary sources.

Tertiary sources synthesize and present overviews of primary and secondary sources.

Scholarly sources present sophisticated, researched arguments using both primary and secondary sources and are written by experts.

Popular sources aim to inform or entertain and are intended for a general, non-specialized audience.  In academic writing, popular sources most often are analyzed as primary sources.

Getting Help

At Collins Library, your questions are always welcome!  Here are some ways you can continue to develop your research skills:

Social Sciences Liaison Librarian

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Spring 2022

The last day of peer research advising was May 8, 2022.  Peer research advisors will be resuming hours in the fall!