How do you tell the difference between a Primary and a Secondary Source?
Primary source documents in the sciences focus on original research, ideas, or findings.
The abstract gives specifics about the methods of the study. The articles have a particular format: Abstract, Introduction, Methods, Results, and Discussion sections.
:: Published results of research
:: Published results of scientific
:: Published results of clinical
trials and case studies
:: Conference proceedings
A Secondary source interprets or analyzes more than one primary source.
A secondary source lacks the characteristics of a primary source. Look for the lack of the primary source format and words such as "review" "summary".
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Search for a title, like JAMA, Harvard Business Review, or New York Times.
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