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Library Research for Introduction to Cell Biology (Formerly Biology 3)

Guide to help students in Introduction to Cell Biology "Walking through the Literature Project"


This guide will help you with your Biology 3 "Walking through the Literature Project."  It will explain the different types of literature (or information/articles published on an academic topic), show you where to find articles, and let you know where to get additional help.

Science Research Basics

There are three types of Science Literature (articles):

  • Primary (Research)
  • Secondary (Review)
  • Tertiary (Intended for General Public) 

Peer-reviewed articles:

  • Published in academic journals
  • Use the language of the field they were published in
  • Written by professionals for professionals
  • Reviewed by professionals before publication


Three Types of Scinece Literature (Primary, Secondary, Tertiary)


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