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This guide was created to help LMU students distinguish between and evaluate primary and secondary source materials. If you would like personal assistance in evaluating, finding, or citing primary and secondary sources, please contact us using our Get Help web page!
How to use this guide: the first two tabs address key questions and give search tips. Try to answer those questions about the source you need first. Then, to see what primary source databases the library has, use the "Primary Sources at LMU" tab.
Primary vs. Secondary Sources Video
A brief tutorial on distinguishing between primary and secondary sources, including examples of both.
YouTube video courtesy of the Hartness Library System.