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This guide will introduce students to psychology resources, both print & electronic.

Primary & Secondary sources

Primary sources are original records of information. 

"A secondary source is a work that interprets or analyzes an historical event or phenomenon. It is generally at least one step removed from the event." (taken from:


Primary Sources examples: interview, diary creative works (i.e. painting, music, poetry), original research, autobiography, oral history, letters, manuscripts, court reports, birth certificate.

Secondary Source examples: radio, magazines articles, books, documentaries, bibliographies, analytical works, critical essays, reference books, textbooks.

To find out more about primary and secondary sources, definitions & how to search for them, visit this site.