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What is Primary Literature?

In the field of biology, primary literature is the publication of information that is original research. In other words, this is the first (or primary) place this information is available to readers. In the sciences, peer-reviewed original research is of special interest because of the rigorous standards that accepted articles must meet in order to be published.

Examples or other terms for primary literature include: scientific paper, research article, journal article, scholarly article, book, monograph (essentially a long journal article), dissertation or thesis, proceedings (published record of a conference), government document, report, notebook, journal, photograph, or database

Resources for Finding Original Research

Journal and Scholarly Articles

  • Scopus http://ezproxy.wpi.edu/login?url=http://www.scopus.com
  • Web of Science http://ezproxy.wpi.edu/login?url=http://isiknowledge.com/wos
  • PubMed http://ezproxy.wpi.edu/login?url=http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/sites/entrez?otool=wpilib
  • ScienceDirect http://ezproxy.wpi.edu/login?url=https://www.sciencedirect.com
  • BioOne Complete http://ezproxy.wpi.edu/login?url=http://www.bioone.org/search/advanced

 

Anatomy of a Research Article http://www.lib.ncsu.edu/tutorials/scholarly-articles/​