|Primary* Research Journal Articles -
*Also commonly referred to as: Scholarly Journals, Peer Reviewed Journals, Primary Journal, Research Journals
Generally, Primary Journals have the following in common
Note: Journals can be ranked by prestige. An article published in Nature, Science, Proceeding of the National Academy of Sciences is big accomplishment and may suggest the weight given to the results of the published research versus another publication. Generally speaking, you should be able to rank your works cited by their "prestige" of the journals that are listed.
CHECKLIST TO DETERMINE A PRIMARY RESEARCH JOURNAL ARTICLE
Common Elements of Science and Social Science Research Journal Articles
__________Abstract (summary of article often written by author) An abstract from a citation using a database search often can help determine in an article is a primary research source
__________Methods or Materials Section (This is probably the most important feature of a primary research article. It literally says - "this is how we did the experiment or study")
__________Hypothesis or Question (generally at the end of introduction section)
__________Conclusion / Results
Use the above checklist to see if your article is a primary research source. If you only have access to the citation abstract and not the full text article, see if you can determine from the abstract if it is a primary article. Look for a description of the methods in the abstract that describes the results and methods.