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BIO 2410 Introduction to Genetics Lab: Primary Sources

Dr. Matt Estep's lab sections.

What is a Primary vs. Secondary Source

In science, a primary source is usually the result of original research and *most* journal articles are therefore, primary sources.  A 'review' article is a secondary source.  Most books are secondary sources.

Primary research articles will include sections about:

  • methodology -  explaining how the experiment was conducted
  • results - detailing what happened and providing raw data sets (often as tables or graphs)
  • conclusions - connecting the results with theories and other research
  • references - to previous research or theories that influenced the research

Here's a link to guide you (the source of the list).

Subject Guide

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