In the context of nursing, a primary source reports on the findings of original research.
Primary sources include research such as:
Secondary sources include resources such as:
Articles that have undergone a rigorous review process (often including revisions to the original manuscript) by peers in their discipline, before publication in a scholarly journal.
A study that aims to gain new knowledge on a topic through direct or indirect observation and research.
Often include sections: Introduction, Methods, Results, and Discussion.
Also called a "primary article"
A type of article (in scientific literature) that provides a synthesis or general overview of existing research on a particular topic.
These are useful when you want to get an idea of a body of research that you are not yet familiar with.
A methodical and thorough literature review that is meant to identify and synthesize all scholarly research on a particular topic in an unbiased, reproducible way.
The goal of this type of article is to provide evidence for practice and policymaking.
May involve a meta-analysis.
A type of research study that combines or contrasts data from different independent studies in a new analysis in order to strengthen the understanding of a particular topic.