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MSN Program: Primary Sources

What's a Primary Source?

A primary source is a document, speech, or other type of evidence written, created or otherwise produced during the time under study. Primary sources are original documents or objects; they are the raw material or first-hand information.

Primary Sources

Original Research Articles

As you are searching the databases, you will find primary sources in the form of original research articles. Primary research articles can be identified by a standard format that typically includes sections titled Methods (or Materials and Methods), Results (usually including charts and statistical tables), and Discussion.