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CLST 2230: Alexander and the Hellenistic World (Knapp)

Primary vs. Secondary Sources: An Overview

A primary source is a document or object created during the time you are studying. It offers an inside view of a time period or event. Examples of primary sources include: Sculptures, paintings, speeches, letters, official documents, pamphlets, posters, etc.

A secondary source interprets and analyzes primary sources. It is one or more steps removed from the time period or event. Examples of secondary sources include academic books and scholarly articles.

To find secondary sources related to your object, visit the following pages on this guide: