This guide provides information that will be useful to your writing assignments in this course: a list of selected journal titles and additional resources are provided in the "Finding Articles" section; the "For your assignment" section presents some resources to assist with reading scientific papers, cited reference searching, and citation format.
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Primary sources represent original research from the discovery stage to official publications:
Secondary sources organize, repackage and concentrate the published information from primary sources into:
Secondary sources are where you go to find general overviews of research occurring in the field or interpretations of past research.
Is a review article considered a primary source?
No, because the authors are not reporting their own original research, but rather, they are discussing other authors' research in order to present a review of the subject area or topic.
How can I tell if a journal is peer-reviewed?
NOTE: Not all items published in a peer-reviewed journal are necessarily peer-reviewed, for example editorials or letters.