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Science: Advanced Biology: Primary Sources

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What Are Primary Sources in Science?

Primary sources in the sciences are publications which provide a full description of original research and the presents the results of that research. For example, an article describing a research study which is published in a peer-reviewed journal. A secondary source would be an article that provides an overview of the topic or one that analyzes the original research study,

Primary Sources and Secondary Sources Chart

What Is a Scholarly or Peer Reviewed Article?

Anatomy of a Scholarly Article

Anatomy of a Scholarly Article

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Click on this interactive graphic to see the different parts of a scholarly article.