The UVic Writer's Guide

Quoting From Primary Sources

A primary source is one that you work with directly, without interpretation by another writer.

In a literary essay the primary sources will be the works you are discussing, letters or interviews by the author and so on. A secondary source is mediated by someone commenting on the primary sources: a critic, biographer, historian, or an encyclopedia, for example.

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