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English 10: Step 4: Secondary Sources & Explanatory Bibliography

What are secondary sources?

Research scholarly books and journals, both print and electronic, to gather critical perspectives on the literature you read.  During this phase, you will compare what scholars think is important about the work with what you think is important and begin to synthesize both by taking careful notes.

Secondary sources include:

  • critical and analytical essays,
  • book reviews,
  • author interviews, etc

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Many college libraries subscribe to a wide variety of academic journals, which contain academic articles published by university professors. Some of the citations you find may require you to look in academic journals. If you find that an article you need is contained in an academic journal, speak with our librarians about getting a copy of the source through interlibrary loan or through your public library card privileges. 

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