Primary sources in the sciences are different than primary sources in the social sciences and humanities. This section defines what the difference is between a primary and secondary source.
To find scientific primary sources for your research papers, use the science databases suggested in the Journal Articles section.
Primary sources are:
Secondary sources are:
Published/unpublished work that summarizes, analyzes, and/or evaluates the original source of work.
Before conducting a search, check and see if the online periodical database has an option to limit your search to scholarly or "peer reviewed" publications. For example, there may be a box you can check that says "peer reviewed." While this is a good first step, you should be aware that each online database provider (e.g. EBSCOhost) may have different definitions of "peer reviewed."
This term generally refers to a publication that contains only articles that have been reviewed, (qualified) edited and selected by recognized experts in the particular field of study covered by the journal.