When conducting secondary research, authors may use data from published scholarly articles, official records, statistical databases, and historical records. Common examples of secondary research include textbooks, encyclopedias, news articles, review articles, and meta analyses.
Textbooks, edited works, books and articles that explain or analyze research findings, histories, biographies, literary criticism and interpretation, reviews of law and legislation, and political analyses and commentaries are a few examples of secondary sources.
The process of compiling existing data from a variety of sources, including internal (such as in-house research) and external (such as government statistics, organizational bodies, and the internet), is known as secondary research, also known as desk research.
Census data (the US Census Bureau is frequently cited, as well as our favorite, the US Bureau of Labor Statistics) and electoral statistics are a few examples of popular secondary data.
- books with biographies.
- Atlases, dictionaries, and encyclopedias are examples of reference books.
- after-the-fact magazine, journal, and newspaper articles.
- Reviews of literature and articles in the form of movie and book reviews, for example
- Books on history and other popular or academic subjects.
Secondary sources can be found in books, journals, or Internet resources.
- the online library,
- using the relevant article databases,
- specialized encyclopedias,
- and by speaking with your teacher.