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What is a primary research article?
Here are some common characteristics of primary research articles:
- Author(s) present data and findings from original research after conducting an original experiment.
- A primary research article typically contains the following sections: Methods/Materials, Results, Discussion.
- Look for information on SI (Supplemental Information). This may include additional data and/or research information. Be sure to track down and read the SI for a complete understanding of the research being presented in the article.
What is a review article?
Here are some common characteristics of review articles:
- Author(s) analyze and summarize existing research.
- There is often a focus on a broad topic, examining articles that are relevant, useful.
- Review articles do not have sections such as Methods/Materials, Results.
- Author(s) may conclude a review article with a section outlining areas for future study of the topic.