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Education Policy, Organization and Leadership 410: Racial and Ethnic Families: Primary and Secondary Sources

A Guide to Library Resources for Education Policy, Organization, and Leadership 410 (AFRO 421, EPS 421, and HDFS 424)

Primary and Secondary Sources

Primary source
             In scholarship, a document or record containing firsthand information or original data on a topic, used in preparing a derivative work. Primary sources include original manuscripts, periodical articles reporting original research or thought, diaries, memoirs, letters, journals, photographs, drawings, posters, film footage, sheet music, songs, interviews, government documents, public records, eyewitness accounts, newspaper clippings, etc.

Secondary source
             Any published or unpublished work that is one step removed from the original source, usually describing, summarizing, analyzing, evaluating, derived from, or based on primary source materials, for example, a review, critical analysis, second-person account, or biographical or historical study. Also refers to material other than primary sources used in the preparation of a written work.

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