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Nursing Information Literacy Tutorial

What's a Secondary Source?

Secondary sources summarize, compare, and evaluate primary information and studies to draw conclusions on or present current state of knowledge in a discipline. 

Secondary Sources include:

  • reviews & systematic reviews
  • newsletters and professional news sources
  • practice guidelines & standards
  • clinical care notes
  • patient education information
  • government & legal information
  • monographs
  • entries in nursing or medical encyclopedias