Identifying ResourcesPrimary VS. Secondary Sources: Examples

ACADEMIC DISCIPLINE PRIMARY SOURCE SECONDARY SOURCE
Art An original painting Critique of the painting
Health Sciences Medicare data Analysis of the data
History A slave's diary Description of slavery
Literature A novel Criticism of the novel
Performing Arts Video of King Lear Review of the performance
Political Science Treaty Interpretation of the treaty

Science
(Examples in the Biology literature)

A research study that contains a materials, methods, and results section describing an experiment or observation performed by the authors. An editorial or review article that summarizes what is known about a particular topic.
Social Sciences
(Examples in the Nursing, Social Work, and Occupational Therapy, literature)
A quantitative or qualitative research study that describes an intervention and its outcome on a specific population. An editorial or review article that summarizes what is known about a particular topic.

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