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Chemistry Literature Seminar and Capstone

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. 

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. 



Primary Sources in the Sciences:

  • ​​Report original research, ideas, or scientific discoveries for the first time
  • Report results/findings/data from experiments or research studies
  • May also be referred to as primary research, primary articles, or research studies
  • DO NOT include meta-analyses, systematic reviews, or literature reviews (these are secondary sources)
  • Are frequently found in peer-reviewed or scholarly journals
  • Should explain what research methodology was used (randomized controlled trial, etc)
  • Frequently include methods, results, and discussion sections
  • Are factual, not interpretive

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