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primary source

is a firsthand report of observations or research results written by the individual's who actually conducted the research and made the observations

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secondary source

is a description or summary of another person's work. is written by someone who did not participate in the research or observations being discussed

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literature search

to find a set of published research reports that define the current state of knowledge in an area and to identify an unanswered question.

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subject words

correct terms, used to identify and describe the variables in the study and the characteristics of the participants.

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Database

contains about one million publications, or records, that are all cross-referenced by subject words and author names

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abstract

is a brief summary of the publication, usually about 200 words

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introduction

discuss previous research that forms the foundation for the current research study and presents a clear statement of the problem being investigated

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method section

presents details concerning the participants and the procedures used in the study

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Results section

presents the details of the statistical analysis and usually is not important to for generating a new research idea

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discussion section

begins by summarizing the results of the study, stating the conclusions, and noting any potential applications