In the scineces, a primary source is the original publication of new data, research or theories. Examples include: experimental studies, clinical trials, opinion surveys
Typically, primary research articles are published in peer-reviewed journal articles with standardized sections, including
Need help deciding if an article is published in a peer-reviewed journal? Use this table of characteristics to help you decide.
Backward Citation Tracking: Looking at an article's works cited list provides a snapshot of the research that was available at the time of publication and will provide you with a wealth of related sources.
Forward Citation Tracking: Looking to see if a source has been cited by others will help you determine its importance and will identify other, more current sources. Look for "times cited" or "cited by" in tools such as Biological Abstracts and Google Scholar.
To link Google Scholar to UWSP Libraries Resources:
Subject databases can be a good place to find topic-specific, primary research articles. For topics relating to health promotion programming these health and business databases are recommended.
Use the Search@UW box above to search for books. Limit specifically to books by using the "books" resource type on the left side of the search results. Or use the "Books & Media (UWSP)" or "Books & Media (UW System)" scopes.
Try combining these suggested search terms with your more specific topic area (i.e., tobacco cessation, nutrition, physical fitness, etc.
In addition, try browsing the shelf using these call number ranges:
Caution: If you are saving a URL link to access an article from a library database at another time DO NOT copy the link in the top address bar of the browser. Look within the database record for something called a persistent link or permalink. These links will last over time.