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BIO 315 Genetics: Getting Started

What are primary biology sources?

Primary sources are those where a researcher can find original data.
The major source of primary information are peer-reviewed journals.
These include:

  • Original articles (aka, scientific papers, research articles) - longer, full accounts of orignal results of scientific investigations.


Publication Process

Popular Press: Material written for the general public.

Scholarly Journal: Articles written by experts in academic or professional fields.

Peer-Reviewed: Articles are submitted to rigorous scrutiny by other subject experts prior to publication.

Reference e-Book Collections

Reference Books are a great way to acquaint yourself with a new topic, find researcher or sources in a given field, and learn terminology.

General encyclopedias are not appropriate to cite in your paper.

Popular Press Materials

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