Publication of a scientist’s results is known as primary literature.In general, most primary literature follows a pattern containing an abstract, the authors’ names and affiliations, an introduction, a methods/materials section, results, discussion, conclusion and reference list.Examples of Tertiary Sources: Dictionaries/encyclopedias (may also be secondary), almanacs, fact books, Wikipedia, bibliographies (may also be secondary), directories, guidebooks, manuals, handbooks, and textbooks (may be secondary), indexing and abstracting sources.
When searching for articles, it's important to know what type of source, or periodical in which the articles are published.
This is beacuse each type has its own purpose, intent, audience, etc.
Examples of primary sources: Theses, dissertations, scholarly journal articles (research based), some government reports, symposia and conference proceedings, original artwork, poems, photographs, speeches, letters, memos, personal narratives, diaries, interviews, autobiographies, and correspondence.
These sources offer an analysis or restatement of primary sources.
This informs the reader as to whether the author is reporting information that is first hand or is conveying the experiences and opinions of others which is considered second hand.
Determining if a source is primary, secondary or tertiary can be tricky.
Examples of secondary sources include reviews, monographs, books, treatises, and manuals.
Primary resources are usually vetted through other researchers who are familiar with the topic. This lends credence and authority to a publication.
Examples of Secondary Sources: Textbooks, edited works, books and articles that interpret or review research works, histories, biographies, literary criticism and interpretation, reviews of law and legislation, political analyses and commentaries.
These are sources that index, abstract, organize, compile, or digest other sources.