Secondary sources provide you with the capacity bring additional information that helps to clarify and add-value to information provided by a primary source.
Secondary source includes:
- Review articles or analysis of research studies about a subject (may include articled from peer-reviewed publications);
- Indexes, encyclopedia entries, bibliographies, biographies, reviews, or critiques of an author work or specific subject area; and
- Analysis and commentary of events based on primary documents or archival material that is published in the form of a book, textbooks, scholarly articles published in peer-reviewed publications, dictionaries, encyclopedias handbooks, manuals, guidebooks, directories and almanacks.
- Material found in the popular/mass media.
- Public information (e.g. government publications, research reports, institutional repositories, etc.)
If you are researching a subject that you do not know too much about, doing background reading in a secondary source can introduce you to some of the key primary sources that are relevant to the subject area.