The Reflection sections of each lesson will challenge you to apply
the concepts you're learning about scientific writing and the scientific
process to your own life.
You're probably familiar with popular magazines on topics related
to health, fitness, and diet. Through this course, you'll also be
introduced to a number of primary sources. It is important to understand
the differences between primary and secondary literature and be
able to distinguish between these two sources.
Primary literature refers to the reporting of original research.
In scientific disciplines original research primarily takes the
form of articles published in scholarly journals. When looking for
a primary research article, look for sections labeled "Methods"
and "Results." These are articles that report data.
Secondary literature refers to materials that synthesize,
repackage, or reference the primary research. Examples of secondary
literature include articles published in popular periodicals
such as Scientific American and news magazines such as Newsweek.
Scholarly literature reviews, indexes, and reference books are also
examples of secondary literature.