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Chemistry Literature Seminar and Capstone: Start Here

Resources for students in Chemistry Literature Seminar CHE51-822-01

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In Chemistry, a primary source is the first place research appears. In sciences that means published journal articles (also called papers). The author personally participated in the event under discussion, such as a science experiment.  

Researchers do experiments and when they have interesting results they write them into a paper and publish it in a journal or a repository.  

The purpose of reading the primary source is to get the original data, not someone else's interpretation of the data (a secondary source).  Books, encyclopedias, dictionaries, review articles, and textbooks are all secondary sources because they have already processed the information in the primary sources for you. 

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