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.
What is a research article or primary source article?
Primary sources are:
First hand/original data document or record or research.
What is a review article or secondary source article?
Secondary sources are:
Published/unpublished work that summarizes, analyzes, and/or evaluates the original source of work.
Peer Reviewed Article
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."
What is 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.
Finding a Peer Reviewed Article
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Structure of an original Research Article in the Sciences
discussion on other research in field
how the research was conducted in relation to thesis