Answered By: Rachel Kennedy - Library
Last Updated: May 04, 2021     Views: 3980

Primary information sources refer to original documents and raw data. Primary sources have not been edited or reinterpreted. 

Examples of Primary sources include:

  • eye witness accounts
  • journals, letters, and diaries
  • personal social media posts
  • original artwork
  • live footage 
  • government publications
  • research data, e.g. public opinion polls
  • clinical trials and randomized clinical trials/RCTs

 

Secondary information sources refer to works that have been edited or reinterpreted. 

Examples of Secondary sources include:

  • news reports
  • biographies
  • social media commentary
  • criticism of literature, artworks or music
  • documentary
  • journal articles that comment on or analyse research

 

Tertiary information sources refer to works that have been compiled from multiple sources.

Examples of Tertiary sources include:

  • annotated bibliography
  • encyclopedia
  • index

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