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Primary Sources: Primary Sources in Sciences

Overview of primary source research

What are primary sources in the Sciences?

Original research conducted by scientists, usually published in scholarly and peer-reviewed journals, that results in the collection of data.  
Data itself, that is collected through research is also a primary source.  
Some features of these research articles include keywords/concepts of:

  • participants, survey, patients
  • methodology, procedure
  • results, conclusion, outcome


  • Experimental data
  • Laboratory notes
  • Conference Proceedings
  • Technical Reports
  • Patents
  • Some peer-reviewed scientific journal articles of original research

Find Primary Sources in the Biological, Physical, Psychology Sciences