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Primary Sources: Social Sciences

Sociological Research Process

Social Sciences (Psychology, Education, Sociology)

Primary sources for the social sciences are articles or papers which describe experiments or studies conducted by reseachers written by the researchers themselves. Census figures, opinion polls, surveys, lab  measurements, and interview transcripts are also primary sources. Research articles are peer reviewed, follow a standard format and include:

  • Abstract
  • Key words
  • Methods and Materials
  • Taables/graphs/charts
  • Results
  • Discussion
  • Conclusion
  • References

Note: Refer to "BUT I NEED A RESEARCH ARTICLE'" under "Database Strategies" for an outline of a research article.

Social Sciences Sources