Secondary Sources. Strengthening your thesis with the right kind of support. Introduction. Secondary sources are the substantiated ideas and assumptions of others based on research. Finding the right secondary source to support your point is essential for writing effectively.
Strengthening your thesis with the right kind of support
Is a repeat or copy of the words of another person. It helps exemplify claims, and reproduce the language of the source.
Borrowing ideas from someone else’s and making your own interpretation/rewording of the ideas. You must credit the original author for the thoughts and ideas.
Putting the main idea into a brief statement using your own words.
QUOTATIONS FROM SECONDARY SOURCES:
When quoting in your essay, give the author’s name or claim to authority.
Example: Author’s name
In Your Health, Miller Jones wrote that "secondhand smoke is one of the primary culprits of lung cancer” (50).
Example: Claim to Authority Included (Instead of Name)
A prominent American claims that "secondhand smoke may even be more dangerous than firsthand smoke”(Jones 50).
PARAPHRASING FROM SECONDARY SOURCES
A smile does not mean the same thing around the world.
Internationally, a smile may convey different message, based on cultural factors.
Rap music, in its purest form, presents an entirely new sound. This is one of the reasons rap music tends to be so misunderstood not only by the general public but also by "accomplished" music critics-it is completely unfamiliar.
Because it’s completely new and unique, the public and music critics have a false impression of rap music.
"Appendix 2 Strategies for Research and Documentation.” Reading Critically, Writing Well A Reader and Guide. 9th. N.p.: Bedford/St. Martin's, 2011. 635-43. Print.