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Nutrition 424: Nutrition Through the Life Cycle

Primary and Secondary Sources Video

Find out about how to recognize and use Primary and Secondary sources in multiple disciplines.

Quick Definitions

Primary Sources

Primary sources are original materials. Primary sources include journal articles of original research, conference papers, dissertations, technical reports, and patents. Primary sources are also sets of data, such as health statistics, which have been tabulated, but not interpreted.

Secondary Sources

Secondary sources analyze, evaluate, interpret, repackages, summarizes, or reorganizes information reported by researchers in the primary literature. Examples include review articles, specifically meta-analysis and systematic reviews, and reference works

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