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Psychology Research Guide

Primary and Secondary Literature

  • Primary research articles (primary literature): authors present a new set of findings from original research after conducting an experiment.  Articles are peer-reviewed by professional colleagues, and usually contain: an abstract, introduction, methods, results, discussion and/or conclusion and extensive references.

  • Secondary literature: presents an overview of a topic by summarizing research and data from other sources.  Examples: books and review articles.

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