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BIOL 122: Anatomy & Physiology II: Ideas! Popular News

Guide for identifying and locating primary scientific research.

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Popular News Articles

Tips for Finding Science & Health Articles

  1. Look in the Health or Science sections of the magazines, newspapers, or websites.
  2. Look for articles that cite Science or Nature – the Library gets those journals in print. 
  3. Look in older issues (go downstairs to the unbound journal area of the Library) because you will be more likely to find the primary articles. Keep in mind that many news sources report the results of studies just before the study has made it to publication.

Hints about the Primary Article

Read the news article to find information about the primary research. Write down as many clues as you can find. Look for:

1. Journal Title – not always given

2. Keywords – what the article is about

3. Author - usually the researcher quoted in the article

4. Publication Date – sometimes given, sometimes based on the date of the magazine or newspaper