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Foundation Year Program

A guide to the interdisciplinary Foundation Year Program at the University of King's College.

Primary & Secondary Sources

For most of your FYP papers, you only need to consult the main text that you have read -- this is called a primary source. For your Position Paper at the end of the Fall semester, and your Research Paper at the end of the Winter semester, you will need to use secondary sources as well as your main text -- secondary sources are books or articles written about the main text you are working with.


Here are a few examples:

Primary SourceThe Divine Comedy by Dante Aligheri

Secondary Source: "The Numerology of Dante's Divine Vision" by Thomas Rendall

Primary SourcePersuasion by Jane Austen

Secondary SourceA Revolution Almost Beyond Expression: Jane Austen's Persuasion by Jocelyn Harris

Primary SourceBattleship Potemkin directed by Sergei Eisenstein

Secondary SourceHarmony and Dissent: Film and Avant-garde Art Movements in the Early Twentieth Century by Bruce Elder


The databases listed below are helpful for finding primary sources: