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COMM 4540: Communications Theories of Sexuality

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[ImagineEasySolutions]. (2014, June 2). Understanding Primary & Secondary Sources [Video File]. Retrieved from https://youtu.be/pmno-Yfetd8

[LibraryOfCongress]. (2015, March 12). Teaching with Primary Sources [Video File]. Retrieved from https://youtu.be/2_9UXHxZYdE

[NickStrif]. (2016, June 3). Star Wars: The Source Awakens [Video File]. Retrieved from https://youtu.be/OHLmEyo05EY

Primary Sources

      

Secondary Sources

Artwork

 

Article critiquing the piece of art

Diary

 

Book about a specific subject

Interview

 

Biography

Letters

 

Dissertation

Performance

 

Review of play

Poem

 

Treatise on a particular genre of poetry

Treaty

 

Essay on a treaty

 

Primary Sources are immediate, first-hand accounts of a topic, from people who had a direct connection with it. Primary sources can include:

Texts of laws and other original documents.

Newspaper reports, by reporters who witnessed an event or who quote people who did.

Speeches, diaries, letters and interviews - what the people involved said or wrote.

Original research.

Datasets, survey data, such as census or economic statistics.

Photographs, video, or audio that capture an event.


Secondary Sources are one step removed from primary sources, though they often quote or otherwise use primary sources. They can cover the same topic, but add a layer of interpretation and analysis. Secondary sources can include:

Most books about a topic.

Analysis or interpretation of data.

Scholarly or other articles about a topic, especially by people not directly involved.

Documentaries (though they often include photos or video portions that can be considered primary sources).





When Is A Primary Source A Secondary Source?

Whether something is a primary or secondary source often depends upon the topic and its use.

A biology textbook would be considered a secondary source if in the field of biology, since it describes and interprets the science but makes no original contribution to it.

On the other hand, if the topic is science education and the history of textbooks, textbooks could be used a primary sources to look at how they have changed over time.

Information retrieved from:  Primary Sources: A Research Guide. (2016). In Healey Library at the University of Massachusetts Boston . Retrieved October 14, 2016, from http://umb.libguides.com/c.php?g=351019&p=2367357

 

[VanderbiltUniversity]. (2017, Sept 8). Scholarly vs. Popular Periodicals[Video File]. Retrieved from https://youtu.be/ysPDZGj3cRA 

[IBelkLibrary]. (2012, June 18). Popular and Scholarly sources [Video File]. Retrieved from https://youtu.be/HL4gtWVuptE

[Athena Pangikas-Miller]. (2017, August 24). Paraphrasing and Summarizing [Video File]. Retrieved from https://youtu.be/FgIDmsSDkd0

 

 

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[TedTalks]. (2016, August 8). Why You Think You’re Right – Even if you’re Wrong| Julia Galef [Video File]. Retrieved from https://youtu.be/w4RLfVxTGH4  

[xtremewriting]. (2017, Feb 5). The Writing Process: Revision Strategies [Video File]. Retrieved from https://youtu.be/QPdDxN-aKLM 

[TEDx Talks]. (2016, April 29). The Magic of Revision/Obert Skye [Video File]. Retrieved from https://youtu.be/xqK6-ePxPa8

[GCFLearnFree.org]. (2018, Sep 13). Avoiding Plagiarism [Video File]. Retrieved from https://youtu.be/PzZsButRaHs 

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