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ONL BIO105 - Medical Terminology: What is a Primary Research Article?

Identifying Primary Research Articles

Primary Research Articles typically contain the following parts:

  • Abstract
  • Introduction/Overview
  • Literature Review
  • Methodology
  • Findings/Results
  • Conclusions
  • Areas of Further Research Needed
  • References/Citations/Bibliography

Where to Find Primary Research Articles

Identifying Scholarly/Peer Reviewed Articles

Scholarly articles...

  • Have  a list of references at the end of the text 

  • Often feature an abstract (summary) at the beginning of the article 

  • Always list the author's name

  • Are detailed and are usually several pages long

  • Are many times peer-reviewed (or refereed)

  • Are aimed at scholars in a particular field (biology, history, philosophy, etc.)

  • Example Article: Organic and Conventional Foods: Differences in Nutrients

Popular magazines...

  • Often don't tell you who wrote the article or any of the sources they used

  • Are usually brief and offer only general or superficial coverage of a topic

  • Have lots of ads and are usually printed on glossy paper

  • Are written for a general audience

  • Are often great sources for current, general information on a topic

  • Examples include: Time, Newsweek, National Geographic

Online Translation Resources

Helpful Reference Book Areas

Medical Dictionaries and Health reference books will be useful to translating the medical terms in your primary research articles. Check out these areas at your campus library.

  • R (Medicine)
  • QM (Human Anatomy)
  • QP (Physiology)
  • QR (Microbiology)