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Mass Communication

Distinguishing between sources

Whether conducting research in the social sciences, humanities, the arts, or natural sciences, the ability to distinguish between primary and secondary source material is essential. Basically, this distinction illustrates the degree to which the author of a piece is removed from the actual event being described, informing the reader as to whether the author is reporting impressions first hand (or is first to record these immediately following an event), or conveying the experiences and opinions of others—that is, second hand.

Primary vs. Secondary Resources

Learn the difference between primary and secondary sources by watching the video below created by Hartmess Library