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BI 441/541 Human Heredity: Primary Sources

Read it

Blah! You want me to read what!?

Reading scientific research doesn't come naturaly for most people. Looking at an article and reading it straight through often doesn't work.

Try reading in this order:

  1. Title and Abstract
  2. Headings and figures
  3. Introduction - What larger question is this a part of? The hypothesis of the paper and the ways it will be tested will be included in this section.
  4. Skip the Methods, at least for now.
  5. Results Look first at each figure or table, as they are the heart of most papers.
  6. Discussion Start by reading the topic sentence of each paragraph to get a feel for it as a whole. Then read it in full.

Still confused? Check out this more detailed guide:

Modified from Malezewski, 2010:

My source says I have to pay to view it!

You should never have to pay for an article!

At least not while you are a student at WOU.

  • Write down some basics about your article (author, journal title, article title, and date)
  • Check Find it @ WOU.
  • Even if we don't have it, you can get it via Interlibrary Loan, usually in just a few days.

Primary Sources in the Natural Sciences

This video will highlight the differences between primary sources, secondary sources, and review articles in the Natural Sciences. (Time 4:34)

Open Captioned version

Places to find Primary Sources

Use the following to locate schoalrly articles on your topic. Each has strenghts and weaknesses and searching is a little different in each one.