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Primary Sources

Characteristics

The social sciences study human behavior in its social and cultural aspects. The prominent social sciences are anthropology (cultural/social), economics, geography (cultural), sociology, political science, and psychology. Each discipline may define primary sources in the same way that the humanities or sciences do. Additionally, some social sciences (e.g. sociology) consider a researcher's collected data (qualitative and/or quantitative) as primary sources. 

Where to Find Primary and Secondary Source Articles

Typical tools that we use for research can provide us with primary & secondary sources: catalogs, discovery products (e.g. ONESEARCH), databases (some have only secondary sources; some only primary sources & some both), & the Web.

Last Updated: Jul 24, 2024 2:57 PM