There are many different types of resources which might offer information on the topic you are researching, but you need to consider whether the source is scholarly or authoritative enough for an academic assignment. (If in doubt, check with your lecturer.)
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*Source type includes both hard copy and online versions of the source (for example, books includes both hard copy books and ebooks
The following pages will introduce you to three common search tools to help you find resources for your assignments.
What is Primary Literature?
In the sciences, primary literature presents the original research and/or new scientific discoveries. It often includes analysis of data collected in the field/laboratory.
Examples of primary sources are:
How to identify primary literature in the sciences
Primary literature is mostly published as peer-review journal articles. However, this doesn't mean all journal articles are primary sources. Primary articles will describe one consistent research project or study. Primary literature will follow common components in the article, that includes:
Secondary literature, on the other hand, consists of interpretations and evaluations that derived from or refer to the primary literature, such as systematic reviews or meta-analysis.
In the screen, to the left, you will see a Primo Search results screen demonstrating a variety of resource types.
Notice how the different icons indicate what sort of resource it is?
Try accessing some of the resources by clicking the Available Online and pay attention to the different type of information in each.