Anatomy and Physiology III: Research Project
First, a quick definition:
A primary source provides firsthand information or evidence on an event, issue, person or work of art. In the sciences, primary sources are often research studies using quantitative, qualitative or a combination methodology to gather, analyze and report on data.
Secondary sources analyze, review, restate, even correct information in primary resources or other secondary resources. Secondary sources often provide the main source of analysis about primary sources. In the professional/scholarly literature these sources can be articles that describe, analyze, summarize and evaluate studies done by others.
What are primary Research articles?
Primary research articles in the scientific publishing world often refer to original publications presenting first-hand results of an author's (some times multiple authors') studies. Such articles frequently follow a specific format that reflects reporting of primary research.
Click on the link below from NCSU Libraries and then hover your mouse
over each of the highlighted/colored areas to get a quick visual
explanation of the different sections of a primary research article:
Anatomy of a scholarly, primary research article
Also, note that journals such as Science or other scientific publications may mix in each issue news articles, editorials, and forums with primary research reports. To easily spot those primary research articles, look at the words the authors use, phrases such as "we tested," "we used," and "in our study, we measured" which will tell you that the article is indeed reporting on original research.
Here's an example of a primary research article: example of primary research scholarly article.
So, now, let's explore how you may locate and search for primary research articles - NEXT