Secondary sources can be useful in that very old texts that may be in Latin or a difficult script have been transcribed, and that some treatment as to the reliability of the primary source has been assessed. Secondary sources provide analysis, interpretation or evaluation usually to support a position or advance a claim. It is helpful to keep in mind that secondary sources will also spin historical events.
When using secondary sources it is not necessary to quote verbatim, but all ideas and information must be referenced, either with a footnote, in the text or as a Harvard reference such as (Hardy 1989, 232-4), that is (Author Date, page number/s). Click for more information on referencing secondary sources.
Click for some useful books on Buckinghamshire in general.
Click here to see a list of books on Chilterns archaeology.
A list of books on Buckinghamshire can also be found on the Gen UK website.
Books can be searched on the Buckinghamshire libraries catalogue: http://www.buckscc.gov.uk/libraries/pubcat.htm.
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