Cat video, anyone? It’s a lead-in to an activity from the Metaliteracy Badging system that will walk you through primary and secondary sources, and introduce some conundrums about categorizing sources. The title, Degrees of Separation, refers to how close one is to the information, and may be a useful way to think about primary vs. secondary. Contact Trudi Jacobson for details on how to take full advantage of the interactive features of this site.
Working with Primary and Secondary Sources
Another way sources might be categorized are primary versus secondary (and even tertiary). If you want to check your understanding of these terms, take a look at one of these resources.
The following two guides provide a quick review of what types of sources are considered primary vs. secondary in science.
The following two guides provide a quick review of what types of sources are considered primary vs. secondary in the humanities and social science disciplines.
This video’s vivid depiction of sources of information on John F. Kennedy’s assassination illustrates the differences between primary and secondary.