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Primary Sources in the Sciences

A guide to help identify and find primary sources in the sciences

Components of Original Research

When in doubt as to whether an article is original research, try looking for some of these standard components: 


Abstract

In this abstract, the researchers describe their experiment.  They aren't reviewing or commenting on another researcher's work, they are describing their own original research experiment.


Methods

This section is where the researchers tell their readers how they did their experiment.  Knowing how an experiment was conducted allows other researchers to replicate the experiment.


Results and Discussion

In the results section of an original research article, the authors talk about what they found through conducting the experiment.