Secondary Sources

Secondary sources compile information about a particular event or time period by interpreting and evaluating primary sources. They also present summarized accounts of previous research.  They are used to help substantiate your position. Below is an example of a secondary source and its footnotes. In the footnotes you will find the supporting evidence for the author’s arguments and interpretations.


  • books
  • dissertations
  • biographies
  • indexes, abstracts, bibliographies
  • journal articles
  • commentaries
  • literature reviews

Click on the footnotes below to view some of the referenced primary sources.





Rose, Kenneth. Myth and the Greatest Generation: A Social History of Americans in World War II. 2008. New York: Routledge.