When searching for biomedical literature, you will find two types of articles: primary and secondary. Primary sources include articles that describe original research. Secondary sources analyze and interpret primary research.
|Original source of research or new discoveries.||Original research article published in a peer reviewed journal|
|Results of scientific activities and raw data||Dissertations|
|Methods section for other scientists to replicate study||Technical reports|
|Summarizes and synthesizes primary literature||Literature review or review articles|
|Might be broader or less current than primary literature||Books|
|Do not provide new data or research||Chapters|