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NUR 39000: Nursing Research: Primary & Secondary Sources

Information about library resources for students enrolled in Nursing 39000

About the Library

The library offers a wide range of online resources, including databases with various journals from which to choose articles and research studies.

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Please consult your Library Liaison directly for research assistance.

If your Librarian is unavailable, please contact the Library's Reference desk at (219) 989-2676 or click on the CHAT WITH A LIBRARIAN link below to submit a question or see answers to frequently asked questions.

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Secondary Source Examples

A secondary source is a summary or description of a research study written by someone other than the study investigator(s).  You can identify a secondary source by determining whether the author(s) of the article did not investigate (conduct) the research described in the article, and instead, is describing research done by others. This includes systematic reviews, which are valuable research tools, but are not primary studies since they describe the work of other researchers.

Blondell, S. J., Hammersley-Mather, R., & Lennert Veerman, J. (2014). Does physical activity prevent cognitive decline and dementia?: A systematic review and meta-analysis of longitudinal studies. BMC Public Health, 14(1), 1036-1061. doi:10.1186/1471-2458-14-510