Research Skills

Primary, Secondary & Tertiary, Suffolk County Community College

Quick tips - Primary, Secondary, Tertiary

Primary - original content, current when created information has not yet been re-interpreted by another e.g. raw data, diary entry

Secondary - interpretation of primary resource e.g. an historical interpretation book

Tertiary - contains information from primary and secondary resources e.g. encyclopedia


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What's a scholarly source? | RMIT University

Quick tips - scholarly, peer-reviewed and non-scholarly

Scholarly - information written by experts in the field of study, supported by research and references.

Peer-reviewed - article published in a journal that has been reviewed by subject specialists who approve the content.

Non-scholarly - information is not so much research based as reporting on current events and trends e.g. newspapers, blogs, magazines


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