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There are three types of sources: Primary, Secondary, and Tertiary.
Primary sources are original sources on which other research is based, including results from experiments published in journal articles. Examples of primary sources are:
Secondary sources describe or analyze the original sources and are often produced by researchers, journalists or other professionals. They include:
Tertiary sources list, compile, digest or index primary or secondary sources. They include:
Now you know that there are primary, secondary and tertiary sources. However, does the article need to be scholarly or popular?
Learning what type of resource to use for your assignments is crucial to your success. If you are doing research you will definitely want to choose scholarly articles. Do you know the difference between scholarly and popular articles?
Both sources, "scholarly" and "popular" can often meet your need for a basic research paper. However, for a more scholarly research paper, you will most likely need to use scholarly sources from the library databases. What kind of journals would you consider to be scholarly or popular? Take a look at the journals below.