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Biology: Types of Scientific Sources

This guide supports the courses taught at the Universities at Shady Grove in the Biological Sciences Program of the University of Maryland, College Park.

Primary Research Articles

The following video created by librarians at the University of Wisconsin-Madison outlines the components of a primary research article in the sciences. For more information on the differences between primary, secondary and tertiary sources in the sciences, check out this guide created by librarians at the University of Minnesota.

Scholarly vs Popular Articles

View this short presentation from the Wayne State University Libraries on how to tell if an article is scholarly (peer-reviewed).  The presentation is best viewed in full screen mode.