Review articles can help you start your research. Because they provide an overview or summary of significant research in a particular subject area, they are useful as introductions to a new area or as updates to a more familiar one. Authors of review articles write an organized account of current work after having read widely in the literature on the subject. Some of the characteristics and uses of review articles are listed below.
From review articles you may learn about
Tips on Finding Review Articles using PubMed are located under the PubMed tab.
Review articles are only one of many types of documents in the scientific literature, each serving a particular purpose. Much original scientific research is published as research articles or research communications in journals. These first-hand accounts by those who did the research are part of the primary literature.
Research articles (journal articles)
Communications (journal articles) - sometimes labeled as a letter or note
Other common types of documents that may turn up in database searches include:
In the sciences "primary literature" refers to first-hand accounts of new research written by those who conducted the research.
While patents, dissertations, and other documents report original research, journal articles are probably the most widely used primary sources in the sciences.
To recognize primary literature, consider the following:
You should look for articles from peer reviewed sources for your research.
Peer review is a process where articles are submitted by the journal editor to be read and evaluated by experts in the field before being published. Reviewers recommend whether or not to publish and make comments and suggestions which authors must address before the article is accepted for publication. The goal is to maintain a high level of quality in articles that are published.