Q. How can I find a primary research or unfiltered research article?


Your instructor may require you to find a "primary" or "unfiltered" research article. These terms are very similar and just refer to original research rather than a systematic review, meta analysis or secondary research. A primary source is defined as a "source whose author originated or is responsible for generating the ideas published." CINAHL and most of the other databases have a limiter allowing to limit the results to research articles. The majority of these will be primary or unfiltered but you will want to look at the article to be sure and avoid those described as systematic review or meta analysis. See attached handout for pictures and more information.


  • Last Updated Aug 29, 2017
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  • Answered By Nicole Caskey

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