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WRT 301: Understanding Scholarly Articles

Primary vs. Secondary Sources

Primary Sources serve as a record of first-hand experience, including the collection and analysis of raw data. Just like diaries share an author's personal life, research articles describe the author's own studies or other work.

Secondary Sources report, describe, or analyze someone else's original work without conducting additional data collection or analysis of new information. Books and articles that present overviews or summaries of previous research are usually secondary sources.

Comparing Publication Types

Peer Review in a Nutshell

Scholarly vs. Popular Articles