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Chemistry 409 - Chemistry & Society (UNH Durham)

This guide provides an outline, with links, of selected elements of our Feb. 27 class, "Your cell phone and you: finding and evaluating scientific information."

Examples of scientific literature

Science is done to discover and the discoveries are shared in many ways.  Over the long term, this sharing is in the form of scientific publications.

  • Primary literature (journal articles)
    • Original research results published for the first time
  • Secondary literature (textbooks, review articles)
    • Derived from the primary literature
  • Tertiary literature (reference books: dictionaries, encyclopedias)
    • Derived from primary and secondary literature