Primary Sources and Secondary Sources

This will be a short post, but I found this well written web page distinguishing primary and secondary sources.  This distinction is absolutely vital when researching and writing history.  The point, of course, is not that secondary sources are bad or should not be used.  Rather, they should be used to substantiate claims being made through an engagement with primary sources.  I am posting this link also because it will directly relate to my next few posts, where I will discuss the importance of acquiring and analyzing primary source materials when undertaking a canonization inquiry.   So, here you are:

[Note: This piece is authored by Fr. Oliver Herbel and is cross posted at]