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ENGL 2631: Women's Literature

Secondary Sources

A secondary source can be any source that you use to learn an analysis or interpretation of an artistic work, a person, a historical event, or a topic. It bases its arguments and theories on primary sources, and it always follows the work, event, or time period it discusses.

Examples of sources that scholars commonly use as secondary sources are:

  • criticism (of literature, art, and music)
  • biographies
  • historical analyses
  • literature reviews

Places to find secondary sources include: