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Chemistry books, often with call numbers starting with Q, are located on the top floor in the West wing.
The Millsaps Chemistry Department has a variety of items on Reserves behind the front desk. Most materials can are for in-library use only and can be checked out for 2-3 hours.
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Primary vs. Secondary Sources in the Sciences
When we speak of Primary source material in the Sciences, what we are basically talking about is original research -- the work researchers do in the laboratory and then write up and publish in formal lab reports and/or research articles that you will encounter in the Scientific Journals.
Primary sources provide:
One finds Primary source material in the Academic Journals that cover specific disciplines or in published conference proceedings.
As Primary source material presents original research, the articles tend to be narrow in focus and difficult to read unless you are an expert in the specific subject area of the research. The target audience is other people in the same field that share the common terminology.
Primary sources are important in that they are the original source of new knowledge. Primary source articles are often cited or referred to in other articles -- sometimes a secondary source or sometimes other original articles.
In the sciences, secondary sources are those that discuss the original research of others. They often summarize, interpret, and analyze material found in primary source research. Often, a secondary source such as a science periodical or a trade magazine will be the first place you would hear about some new original research. These articles provide enough citation information so that you can track down the Primary source material.
Secondary Sources provide context for the Primary Source material, giving readers:
Some examples of Secondary Sources are:
Secondary sources are written in language that is more accessible to a broader audience -- not just for those well-versed in a specific field. As they are not the original source of information, they lack the detailed description of the experiments and research that will be found in the Primary source.
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