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Tertiary literature

How can I use this?

Tertiary Literature is helpful to understand when you're beginning research on a topic to which you have no prior exposure.

What is tertiary literature?

Tertiary Literature is helpful to understand when you're beginning research on a topic to which you have no prior exposure.

Help, I don't know anything about insulin! 

If I didn't know anything about insulin, I might start by looking in the online reference book the Concise medical dictionary [1].

In this video, Grammar Squirrel follows reports of a discovery made by palaeontologist, Hazel Digsbury. They consider the different forms of these reports as the news moves through Primary, Secondary, and Tertiary sources. Afterwards, Grammar Squirrel learns why it matters which of these sources are used in academic writing.


[1] Concise medical dictionary. 2010. Oxford University Press, Oxford, NY.