Classification of Resources
Primary, Secondary, and Tertiary: what's the difference?
Check out this video on "Primary, Secondary, Tertiary Resources" from the Beam Library at Oklahoma Christian University.
PRIMARY: materials represent an original work (text, painting, or item) or document an event at its occurence (photo, diary entry, or
SECONDARY: sources are analyses of, commentary on, critiques about, or responses to Primary Sources.Reputable secondary
materials have been well-vetted via the peer-reviewed process.
TERTIARY: items are often compilations of excerpts from Secondary Sources and can be used to identify themes or threads
pertaning to concepts in a discipline.