Primary sources provide the raw data you use to support your arguments. Some common types of primary resources include manuscripts, diaries, court cases, maps, data sets, experiment results, news stories, polls, or original research. One other way to think about primary sources is the author was there.
Secondary sources analyze primary sources, using primary source materials to answer research questions. Secondary sources may analyze, criticize, interpret or summarize data from primary sources. The most common secondary resources are books, journal articles, or reviews of the literature.
Primary and secondary sources can vary depending on the discipline. Here are some examples of both types of sources that relate to dragons in different disciplines:
|Area of Study||Primary Source Example||Secondary Source Example|
|English||Beowulf||More About the Fight With the Dragon|
|Anthropology||Pottery Design Depicting a Dragon, Artefact from Peru (search for "pottery dragon" in Credo Reference)||Encounters with Dragons: The Stones from Chavin|
|Biology||Dragon's Blood Exerts Cardio-Protection Against Myocardial Injury...||Dragon's Blood Secretion and Its Ecological Significance|
There are many types of primary resources, so it is important to define your parameters by:
Here are some guides with primary source databases:
For other types of primary source materials check the guides in your subject area, or ask for assistance. You can also look at the Primary and Secondary Sources guide.
Not all "articles" are the same! They have different purposes and different "architecture".
Peh, WCG and NG, KH. (2008) "Basic Structure and Types of Scientific Papers."
Singapore Medical Journal, 48 (7) : 522-525. http://smj.sma.org.sg/4907/4907emw1.pdf accessed 4/24/19.