There are many types of sources that make up the chemical sciences literature. Each type of source has a unique role in knowledge creation and sharing. Below are some definitions to familiarize yourself with the types of sources you might find during your research. Click on each entry to learn more.
Original accounts of scientific research. These sources are how scientists communicate their findings to the scientific community.
Sources that analyze, evaluate, interpret, or otherwise discuss information originally presented elsewhere.
Complied works that list, index, or organize primary and secondary resources for reference. These types of sources are not usually credited to any particular author.
How do these different types of sources fit together? The ways in which scientific information is shared changes over time in the information life cycle. Click through the cards below to learn more about how science information is created, shared, and built upon within the scholarly community.