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Primary and secondary sources x primary and secondary literature

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Primary sources are accounts from the actual event, by people who were there, researching at that time, etc. The same applies to primary literature: people who wrote about or reported on something as it was going on.

Secondary sources are accounts written later on from the event. Again, secondary literature is people who created accounts after  the event took place. (They, of course, can cite primary sources). 

For example, if you are looking in The Great Gatsby:

Primary source: quote from the book

Secondary source: quote from an article analyzing the book, background of F. Scott Fitzgerald, etc. 

Hope this helps! :)

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