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A Guide to Primary Sources


In the Sciences a primary source documents the results of original research written by those who conducted the research. Most commonly journal articles or conference proceedings that discuss the methodologies, data, results or conclusions of the research project.

Primary Source Formats

  • research articles (NOT review articles)
  • clinical trials
  • conference papers and proceedings
  • dissertations and theses
  • lab notes
  • numerical data and statistics
  • patents
  • technical reports

Find Primary Sources in the Catalogue

In the Library Catalogue search for your topic and include one of the following words or phrases:

  • clinical trials
  • conference papers or proceedings
  • patents
  • technical reports
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