1. Identify topics of interest
2. To obtain background information on these topics, consult:
3. Identify keywords from these reference articles to search for peer-reviewed, primary articles
Peer-reviewed articles are articles that have been reviewed by experts in the field. This process ensures that only high quality research is published and that these studies add something new to the literature.
4. Ensure that the peer-reviewed article is a primary source
Review the table in the "Primary vs. Secondary Sources" tab to ensure that your article is a primary source. Basically, primary sources are resources where the authors have performed the research and are reporting on their results. A primary source will generally include sections on materials & methods, results, and conclusions.