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What is Scientific Literature? Peer reviewed literature Primary Literature Journal articles The authors are presenting results of an experiment or study they conducted Secondary Literature Review articles or books The authors summarize the research of others
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What is NOT scientific literature? Any non-scholarly document (not written by a scientist for a scientific audience). Government reports (i.e. USDA or EPA) are considered scientific literature, but are not peer-reviewed Textbooks Lecture notes Web sites Patent notices Encyclopedias
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Avoid citing… Wikipedia: Although much of the information is correct, there is no peer review process Websites: Even those created by scientists are not peer reviewed Newspapers/magazines: Even those focused on science (i.e. National Geographic) are not peer reviewed Lecture notes Anything without a specific author
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You may cite… Peer reviewed journals: electronic or hard copy Books written for a scientific audience
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This note was uploaded on 05/06/2008 for the course BIO 202 taught by Professor Cummings during the Spring '08 term at Delta MI.

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