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The largest abstract and citation database of peer-reviewed research literature in the fields of science, technology, medicine, social sciences and Arts & Humanities.
Please note: there are problems with the Scopus service. Full-text links and exports to some citation managers are not working. A workaround to get the full text is to copy and paste the article title into ONE SEARCH on the library home page, and you'll be able to access the full text.
Primary literature defined
It is where the researcher published their findings first (i.e., the primary place the data is found).
In science, it's usually a journal article outlining methodology, data, results, conclusions.
It will always have a Literature Cited section.
It is the researcher's own words, not summarized by anyone else.
It is found in scholarly journals such as Animal Behaviour, Journal of Geology.
The article will be peer-reviewed (refereed by other experts in the field before publication)
Secondary (review) articles
Summarize primary literature articles
Help to get a general overview of a topic
Written by authorities in the field
Often have the word "review" in the title (books as well as articles)
News articles (e.g., Time, New York Times, Natural History, Smithsonian)
Not primary literature
Might be primary source material for historical purposes however
Help identify current issue or organizations to follow up in other sources
Popular vs Scholarly (Peer-Reviewd)) Articles
Popular (newspaper or soft science articles, e.g., Natural History, Science News, National Geographic)
Scholarly (e.g., J. Chem. Ecol., or Conservation Biology)
often journalists, names or credentials may be unknown, not necessarily any science background
experts in the field, degrees may be given, institutional affiliations given
colored pictures, attractive, glossy
charts, graphs, data-rich
easy to understand
jargon used in that field of study
lay people or experts, accessible to the general public
experts or students of that discipline
prescribed format includes abstract, methods, discussion, references
Length of article
shorter; can be as short as one page
generally longer; needs to be long enough to present results and discuss the problem