Article = Primary Source
A research article, also frequently known as a
primary source, can be distinguished from its
journalistic cousins by a few distinct features.
Before you decide on a source for your presentation,
make sure that it fits both of the two
main criteria below:
- the abstract is full of active verbs - like: we
measured; we analyzed; we sampled; we studied; we
collected; we surveyed; we dissected - all verbs
that make it clear that the authors of the paper
actually *did* something, and didn't just
read about what other people did.
- the paper should be written in clear
research article style - and therefore
should have an abstract and introduction, as well as
a materials & methods, results, analysis, and
the below links - in order - to complete your
library tutorial on searching for Primary/Research
sources within an academic setting.
The History of
Biological Databases HERE at Blackwell Library
Searching Science Direct vs. Searching BioOne
(opens via Prezi - click the 'Play' arrow to get
and continue clicking the same arrow to advance
though each step of the online presentation...)
Keywords (a PDF) worksheet for you to fill in!