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BIO 280 Sensory Systems: Helpful Resources

Primary Source Examples

  • The AUTHOR did the research study or scientific experiment
  • Includes the methods, results, discussion sections
  • Papers and proceedings from scientific conferences or meetings
  • Dissertations and Theses
  • Technical Reports
  • Patents

Secondary Source Examples

Secondary sources in the SCIENCES will have these words: meta-analysis, systematic review, or literature review.

  • The AUTHOR did not do the study/experiment her/himself.
  • Remarks about the significance of research or experiments
  • Reviews the results of several experiments or trials
  • Analysis of a clinical trial
  • Letters to the editor, editorials, perspectives, etc.

APA Handouts and Guides

APA provides detailed guidance on each aspect of APA Style and Grammar at the following links:

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