Fundamentals of Additional Sources
Additional sources frequently are defined contrary to main sources. An author shares his or her original research—whether it be case study findings, experiment results, interview materials, or clinical observations in a primary source. But, in a additional supply, an writer is targeted on presenting other scholars’ research, such as for example in a literary works review.
Whenever wanting to differentiate between a main and additional supply, it is critical to think about:
- Whom initially made the discoveries or brought the conclusions in this document to light?
- Did the writer conduct the scholarly study their or herself?
- Or perhaps is the writer recounting the ongoing work of other writers?
For further assistance with determining the difference between main and additional sources, see Walden Library’s “Evaluating Resources: main & Secondary Sources” page. Read more