• L.E. Mearman

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."

Episode Highlights


: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



"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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