Episode 3 - Primary vs. Secondary Sources
In this episode, I discuss the differences between primary and secondary sources, and why you should care.
Do you know the difference between a primary and secondary source? The answer may surprise you on this episode of Authoring Advice with L.E. Mearman.
In today's episode, we will cover:
The difference between primary and secondary sources
How to evaluate both types of sources
Why you should use both types of sources
How to use both types of sources
"You may ask yourself, 'Why would I want to include primary sources? I’m writing fiction!' And I tell you, these types of sources enable researchers to get as close as possible to what actually happened during a particular event or time."
:30 - Background
1:45 - Primary Sources
5:11 - Secondary Sources
6:25 - Evaluating Primary and Secondary Sources
8:47 - Here's an Example
*Times are approximate
"Secondary sources are extremely valuable because they can add a layer of interpretation and analysis to a primary source and the topic."
Sources & Sundries
American Library Association - Primary Sources On the Web: Finding, Evaluating, Using
National Archives - Finding Primary Sources
"Research is to see what everybody else has seen, and to think what nobody else has thought.” - Albert Szent-Gyorgyi
In future episodes, I’ll take specific sources and create a short fiction work incorporating them to show you how I tackle this. If you have a specific source you’d like to see used in an example, let me know in the comments section below.
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