What is a secondary source?

A secondary sources:

  • Stem from good questions.
  • Seek data collected and processed (edited) by other people.
    • Examples of secondary sources
      • Scholarly books and journals
      • Popular books, magazines, and media
      • Newspapers

Evaluate the source:

  • The ethos of the source (how credible the source is) affects your own ethos (credibility).

What makes a quality secondary source?

  • Peer reviewed
  • Offers credible evidence
  • Logical and reasonable
  • Considers context
  • Addresses multiple points of view
  • Acknowledges bias

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