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HST 200: Background Context for Suffolk University History, Fall 2018.: Primary, Secondary, Tertiary

Primary, Secondary, and Tertiary Sources


In addition to providing background information, tertiary sources can be used to identify/verify facts, dates, names, locations, and other appropriate terminology.

Plug in the terminology into the various periodical databases to find scholarly, peer reviewed, secondary sources.

Knowledge of dates is often necessary when searching for contemporaneous newspaper articles.


The Distance between the Source and the Event it Describes.