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A poster providing the definition and some examples of secondary sources.

Secondary sources are accounts that have been written after the fact with the benefit of hindsight. They analyse, review or restate information in primary sources or other secondary sources. Secondary sources are not evidence, but rather interpretations or evaluations of primary sources.

  • Bibliographies: Also considered tertiary.
  • Biographical works 
  • Dictionaries and encyclopaedias: Also considered tertiary.
  • Journal articles: Also considered primary.
  • Commentaries and criticisms
  • Magazine and newspaper articles
  • Textbooks: Also considered tertiary.
  • Websites: Also considered primary.

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Australian Curriculum alignment

Humanities and Social Sciences > HASS > Foundation Year > Inquiry and skills > Researching > ACHASSI002
Collect data and information from observations and identify information and data from sources providedElaborationsexploring sources (for example, pictures, photographs, story books, artefacts, excursi...

Humanities and Social Sciences > HASS > Year 2 > Inquiry and skills > Researching > ACHASSI035
Collect data and information from observations and identify information and data from sources providedElaborationsidentifying information in sources relevant to learning about the past (for example, p...

Humanities and Social Sciences > HASS > Year 1 > Inquiry and skills > Researching > ACHASSI019
Collect data and information from observations and identify information and data from sources providedElaborationsexploring stories from the past and present about people and families (for example, fi...

Humanities and Social Sciences > HASS > Year 6 > Inquiry and skills > Researching > ACHASSI123
Locate and collect relevant information and data from primary sources and secondary sourcesElaborationsdetermining the most appropriate methods to find information (for example, personal observation, ...

Humanities and Social Sciences > HASS > Year 5 > Inquiry and skills > Researching > ACHASSI095
Locate and collect relevant information and data from primary sources and secondary sourcesElaborationsfinding information about the past in primary sources (for example, maps, stories, songs, music, ...

Humanities and Social Sciences > HASS > Year 4 > Inquiry and skills > Researching > ACHASSI074
Locate and collect information and data from different sources, including observationsElaborationsidentifying the types of sources suited to historical, geographical, civic and cultural inquiry and di...

Humanities and Social Sciences > HASS > Year 3 > Inquiry and skills > Researching > ACHASSI053
Locate and collect information and data from different sources, including observationsElaborationslocating sources suited to learning about the past (for example, photographs, interviews, newspapers, ...


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