Answered By: Laurie Bastien
Last Updated: Jan 07, 2019     Views: 224

What is a Secondary Source? A secondary source is considered a resource (like your textbook, for example) that contains a reference to another (primary) source (like an academic study, or published statistics).

You did not actually view the primary source, you only viewed the secondary source.

To cite a secondary source, provide the original source in the text only and the secondary source in parentheses utilizing the “as cited in” phrase. List only the secondary source in the reference list.

See the links below for more information.


  • Secondary Sources

    Learn how to use and cite secondary sources, that is, sources that discuss or cite material originally presented in another, or primary, source.

    Academic Writer

    © 2016 American Psychological Association.

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