In the sciences, primary (or empirical) research articles:
You may also choose to use some secondary sources (summaries or interpretations of original research) such as books (find these through the library catalog) or review articles (articles which organize and critically analyze the research of others on a topic). These secondary sources, particularly review articles, are often useful and easier-to-read summaries of research in an area. Additionally, you can use the listed references to find useful primary research articles.
In the sciences, particularly the health sciences, there are a number of types of primary articles (the gold standard being randomized controlled trials) and secondary articles (the gold standard being systematic reviews and meta-analysis). The chart below summarizes their differences and the linked article gives more information.
|Some scholarly databases will allow you to specific what kind of scholarly literature you're looking for. However, be careful! Sometimes, depending on the database, the Review article type may mean book review instead of or as well as review article. You may also have to look under more or custom options to find these choices.|