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What are Primary Sources?

Primary sources are empirical studies (they report research through observable testing) that are peer-reviewed, often published in journals, and usually include standardized sections (Abstract, Introduction, Methods, Results, Discussion, References).

Finding Journal Articles

Research databases allow you to search the contents of journals to identify articles on your topic. Some databases link to the full text of journal articles. If the full text is not available from the database, check the library catalog to see if Reed subscribes to the journal and has the particular issue you're looking for. If the article you are looking for is not available at Reed, you can request it through interlibrary loan.

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