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English: Primary, Secondary, Tertiary Sources

Primary, Secondary, Tertiary (Reference) Sources for English and American Literature

Primary, Secondary, and Tertiary Sources

It can sometimes be difficult to determine if a source is primary, secondary, or tertiary. These designations can change based on the research question that is being asked, but generally the source types adhere to the categories listed in the table below.

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Source Types

Table of primary, secondary, and tertiary source types