HIS 460: Sesquicentennial Project: Secondary Sources

Professor Rebecca McCoy, Spring 2015.

What are Secondary Sources?

A secondary source interprets and/or analyzes primary sources.  Secondary sources are one step removed from the event.

Types of secondary sources

  • Textbooks, magazine articles, histories, criticism, commentaries, encyclopedias, systematic reviews, meta-analyses

Examples of secondary sources

  • Journal/magazine articles which interpret or review previous findings
  • Textbooks
  • Newspaper reporting the findings in a medical journal
  • Systematic reviews which interpret the findings of many research studies.


Secondary Source

Secondary source journal article (which used primary source material found in LVC archives) examines the relationship between the United Methodist Church and Lebanon Valley College.