Primary and Secondary Articles in Academic Journals
Primary articles consist of findings from an original research project. The authors design a study, collect data and findings, complete an in-depth analysis, and present their findings and conclusions.
Secondary articles analyze, synthesize, critique, and interpret the findings and conclusions of primary and secondary articles and sources.
Primary and secondary academic articles go through a peer review process before they are published.
The Peer Review Process is when experts in the relevant research area assess articles for originality, validity and significance.
By undergoing peer review, articles should become:
More robust - peer reviewers will point out gaps in a paper that require more explanation or additional experiments.
Easier to read - if parts of the article are difficult to understand, peer reviewers will suggest changes.
More useful - peer reviewers also consider the importance of the article to others in the field.”
Four Types of Academic Articles Found in Library Databases/Journals
The following handouts will show you how to find article in the library databases:
I found an article that says it is available from Find it@WOU. How do I get the article?
Schedule an in-person or zoom meeting with a librarian:
Drop-in Research Help
Librarians are in the library lobby Mondays-Thursdays
1:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.