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Primary sources are information or literature about original research. These materials are provided or written by the original researchers or scientists who conducted the experiment.
Examples of Primary Sources include:
- Conference Papers
- Lab Notebooks
- Studies or Surveys
- Technical Reports
Secondary sources analyze, evaluate, interpret and summarize information from primary resources. Typically the purpose of a secondary source is to give an overview of a topic.
Examples of Secondary Sources include:
- Criticism and Interpretation
- Government Policy
- Guide to Literature
- Law and Legislation
- Moral and Ethical Aspects
- Political Aspects
- Public Opinion
- Social Policy
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- Primary Sources
- Research & Development: A researcher makes a discovery, develops a product or a new methodology, etc. Notes are taken in a lab notebook
- Conference Proceedings and Research Reports: The researcher presents findings at a conference or writes a research report
- Journal Article (Original Research): The researcher submits an article for review and the article is published in a peer-reviewed journal
- Secondary Sources
- Journal Article (Article Review): Journal articles become secondary resources when they are reviewed, and appear in a review article
- Books/Textbooks: The findings of the article are later summarized and published in books
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