Sources

What Are Secondary Sources?

A secondary source is an article, document or report that is used as source material for another article.

Secondary sources might be:

  • Quotes used from newspaper articles
  • Information from blogs or online sources
  • Material from social media
  • Quotes from books, film, TV or other narrative sources

How are secondary source used?

A secondary source can be used in a similar way to a primary source

  • As a base for a story, for example:

”Lindsy Lohan has been signed up for a role in Christopher Nolan’s next Batman movie, according to Entertainment Online”

  • As a springboard for an opinion piece
  • As a source of quotes – like interview material

Rules for use of secondary sources

  • Respect copyright and the rule of ‘fair dealing’
  • Attribute sources correctly
  • online, link back to the original source where possible
  • Don’t rewrite quotes to fit or take out of context
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