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Primary, secondary or tertiary sources depend on how close that information is to the source of the original lab research. In the sciences, research findings are communicated through conference proceedings, journal articles, technical reports, self publication or edited volumes in a series on a certain topic. Secondary sources pull from primary sources, and tertiary sources pull from secondary sources. Use the chart below to help distinguish between different sources
All scientific journal articles follow the same structure, the IMRAD structure. The IMRAD structure requires that your paper follow this order: abstract, introduction, methods, results, and discussion/conclusion. Use the Structure of a Scientific Article link below from the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign as guide to each IMRAD section.
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