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MAT198: Cryptology - The Mathematics of Secrecy and Security

What are primary and secondary sources?


Primary Resources

Original materials that have not been filtered through interpretation or evaluation by a second party.
Examples of primary resources:
Peer reviewed journal articles of original research, conference papers, dissertations, interviews, laboratory notebooks, patents.
Secondary Resources
Secondary sources are written or compiled by people who are not directly involved in the primary research or events.
Examples of secondary resources:
Criticisms, commentaries, textbooks, blogs, encyclopedias.