Primary research articles report on a single study. In the health sciences, primary research articles generally describe the following aspects of the study:
Review articles are the most common type of secondary research article in the health sciences. A review article is a summary of previously published research on a topic. Authors who are writing a review article will search databases for previously completed research and summarize or synthesize those articles, as opposed to recruiting participants and performing a new research study.
Specific types of review articles include:
Review articles often report on the following:
Information found in PubMed, CINAHL, Scopus, and other databases can help you determine whether the article you're looking at is primary or secondary.
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Can you determine if the following articles are primary or secondary?