The Interplay of Primary and Secondary Sources
- If you're searching for primary sources on a topic, one good place to start is a secondary source that cites original texts, manuscripts, and archives.
- Conversely, published editions of primary sources will often cite secondary sources for added context, commentary, and history.
- In particular, critical editions of literary works (primary sources) often have extensive commentary and analysis (i.e., secondary material).
A good starting point for finding both primary and secondary sources is a reference work or bibliography. You can often find reference works in HOLLIS by combining your subject with keywords like Encyclopedia, Guide, Dictionary, Handbook, Companion, or Introduction.
Oxford Bibliographies Online is a rich collection of lists of recommended secondary and primary sources, compiled by experts. Here are a few of the entries related to this course:
- Democratic Citizenship
- Dual Citizenship
- Birthright Citizenship
- Citizenship (Anthropology)
- Global Citizenship
- Biological Citizenship
- Digital Citizenship
- Citizenship (Childhood Studies) . . . and more
See the Primary Sources pages on this guide for more suggestions.