Primary and secondary sources in the sciences - definitions & examples
Primary and Secondary Sources for Science
In the Sciences, primary sources are materials that provide a description of original research. For example, a primary source would be a journal article where scientists describe their research on photosynthesis. A secondary source would be an article by authors, usually not from the original research group, commenting on that scientific research on photosynthesis..
Original materials that have not been filtered through interpretation or evaluation by a second party.
Sources that contain commentary on or a discussion about a primary source.
TIMING OF PUBLICATION CYCLE
Primary sources tend to come first in the publication cycle.
Secondary sources tend to come second in the publication cycle.
FORMATS--depends on the kind of analysis being conducted.
Conference papers, dissertations, interviews, laboratory notebooks, patents, a study reported in a journal article, a survey reported in a journal article, and technical reports.