Tertiary Sources

“Tertiary resources provide overviews of topics by synthesizing information gathered from other resources. Tertiary resources often provide data in a convenient form or provide information with context by which to interpret it.”[1]

This is the category that many of the “introduction to” [insert topic here] will fall into. There is information, usually referenced from primary sources, that allows a survey of a topic. One of the best things about these sources are their bibliographies and references if they have them as they allow for a further reading list of the interesting content.

A lack of citations seems to be a trend in modern Heathen tertiary sources.  This trend enabled two issues, the first is that many times opinions are stated as facts. Second, and more serious, is when someone else’s writing is co-opted without explanation of the source of the opinion – plagiarism. While it is clear why plagiarism is bad, the statement of opinion as fact can be disastrous. If a person has no reference for what is held as standard practices in a community they have no means of taking opinions with “a grain of salt.” Sadly, this happen more often than would be desired.

South East Kindred believes in the importance of knowing where our information comes from, not only for our own piece of mind but to aid in conversations with others. Being able to point out where something contradicts proven points, or standard practices, of the worldview is the best way to deal with those who would advance perversions of our ancestors’ world view.

[1] http://gethelp.library.upenn.edu/PORT/sources/primary_secondary_tertiary.html

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