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IVYT - Terre Haute: Success in Research

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Scholarly vs Popular Article

What is a Primary Resource?

A primary source is a document or physical object which was written or created during the time under study. These sources were present during an experience or time period and offer an inside view of a particular event.

Some types of primary sources include:

ORIGINAL DOCUMENTS (excerpts or translations acceptable): Diaries, speeches, manuscripts, letters, interviews, news film footage, autobiographies, official records 
CREATIVE WORKS: Poetry, drama, novels, music, art 
RELICS OR ARTIFACTS: Pottery, furniture, clothing, buildings


Examples of primary sources include:

Diary of Anne Frank - Experiences of a Jewish family during WWII 
The Constitution of Canada - Canadian History 
A journal article reporting NEW research or findings 
Plato's Republic - Women in Ancient Greece 

Cyclopedia of Automobile Engineering - Primary Source Edition 

THIS is an Academic Database

Examples of Scholarly and Popular Articles

You can find some examples of scholarly vs popular journals here, and below:

Scholarly Journal Articles about automotive technology

Design of an Electronic Diagnosis System for Automobiles from IUP Journal of Computer Sciences

Development of a gap searching program for automotive body assemblies based on a decomposition model representation from Advances in Engineering Software

Popular Magazine Articles about automotive technology

Driverless car dilemma: How to interface with a human from Automotive News

Estimating the Aluminum Repair from Auto Body Repair Network

What is a Secondary Resource?

A secondary source interprets and analyzes primary sources. These sources are one or more steps removed from the event. Secondary sources may have pictures, quotes or graphics of primary sources in them.

Some types of secondary sources include:

PUBLICATIONS: Textbooks, magazine articles, histories, criticisms, commentaries, encyclopedias 


Examples of secondary sources include:

A journal/magazine article which interprets or reviews previous findings 
A history textbook 
A book about the effects of WWI 

Engineering in Time : The Systematics of Engineering History and Its Contemporary Context​