Answered By: MVCC Reference Librarian
Last Updated: Jun 10, 2019     Views: 41

Primary and secondary sources are often used in research papers and it is important to know the difference.

Primary sources - Examples of written sources are usually diaries, autobiographies, and speeches.  Some examples of non-written sources, such as photographs, paintings, or maps.

Secondary sources - are books, magazine articles, newspaper articles, and television documentaries.

Need more information? See our how-to guide: Find Primary and Secondary Sources