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Biology: Evaluate Sources

Anatomy of a Science Article

While not all scientific articles are formatted the same, primary research publications that present original research or scientific experimentation, tend to have the following headings. 

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What's the difference?

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Comparison of Primary, Secondary, and Tertiary Scientific Literature Sources

Evaluating Sources with the CRAAP Test

Searching for information can be overwhelming. Part of what makes research challenging is that not all information is reliable or high in quality. When evaluating information (articles, books, websites, blogs, etc.), a researcher should consider the Currency, Relevance, Authority, Accuracy, and Purpose of each source he or she encounters.