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  2. 2. Images Reports Maps Surveys Databases – Diaries abstracts and Patents Statistics indexes Web Pages Sound Conference Recordings e.g. BLOGS & Market Research papers Wikis Standards Theses Government Legal documents documents Journals –Print & BOOKS! Print & E Newspapers – In-house e.g. MIS E Journals Books online/print or Personnel recordsAdapted from Open University Study Skills May 2009 http://openlearn.open.ac.uk/course/view.php?id=3513
  3. 3. Primary • First Hand • Eye Witness • Second hand • Written about, Secondary commenting on, reviewing primary sources Grey Literature •semi or not formally publishedIMPORTANT TO USE A •material that is not available VARIETY! commercially, e.g. internal reports
  4. 4. PRIMARY SOURCE SECONDARY SOURCELincolns Gettysburg Address Garry Wills book Lincoln at Gettysburg: The Words That Remade AmericaThe poem "Field Work" by Seamus Heaney "A Cold Eye Cast Inward: Seamus Heaneys Field Work." by George Cusack in New Hibernia Review (2002 Autumn), pp. 53-72.The figures for Ithaca College found in a table An article in the Ithacan entitled "Study findsof "Number of Offenses Known to the Police, eastern colleges often conceal campus crime"Universities and Colleges" in the FBIs UniformCrime Reports, 2008The lyrics of 2 Live Crews album As Nasty As The article "Discouraging Objectionable MusicThey Wanna Be Content: Litigation, Legislation, Economic Pressure, and More Speech" found in Communications & the Law, April 2003, that discusses 2 Live Crews lyrics.Cynthia Scheibes doctoral dissertation on the An article in Parents Magazine discussingdevelopmental differences in childrens experts views on the harm of lying to childrenreasoning about Santa Claus about Santa ClausThe text of Barack Obamas keynote address to A 2004 editorial in The New York Times entitledthe 2004 Democratic National Convention, "Everybody Loves Obama"found in The New York Timeshttp://www.ithacalibrary.com/sp/subjects/primary
  5. 5. Images Reports Maps Surveys Databases – Diaries abstracts and Patents Statistics indexes Web Pages Sound Conference Recordings e.g. BLOGS & Market Research papers Wikis Standards Theses Government Legal documents documentsJournals –Print & BOOKS! Print & E Newspapers – In-house e.g. MIS E Journals Books online/print or Personnel records

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