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Primary and Secondary Sources for Science  

Created for Mrs. Lacanienta's Environmental Biology Class.
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Places to Look for Primary Sources

Scholarly Science Search Engines

 

Scirus

Helpful Websites

Online Databases & Subscriptions, & eBooks

The Research/Publication Cycle

 

The Research/Publication Cycle

This diagram adapted from "Evolution of Scientific Information." [From Allan Kent and Harold Lancour, eds.,Encyclopedia of Library and Information Science (New York, 1979), s.v. "Scientific Literature," by K. Subramanyam, 394. (libguides.gettysburg.edu/evoluton)


 

A primary source is original research.

 

Examples

Clinical trials

Interviews with patients

Research studies in scholarly journals

Laboratory notebooks

Theses and dissertations

Technical reports

Patents 

Statistics

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A secondary source is ... everything else.

 

Examples

Reviews

Interpretations and analysis of research

 

Academic Journals and MEDLINE in EBSCO - RECOMMENDED SEARCH

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