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Evidence-Based Practice Intro : Kinesiology / Movement Studies / Sports Medicine

Primary, Secondary, and Tertiary Resources

Note: Think of these being published on a continuum of time...

PRIMARY resources provide access to articles describing

1.      Observational studies or experimental studies which

a.      Are written by the actual researchers

b.      Describe only a single study, not a group of studies

c.      Are usually published in academic, peer-reviewed journals


SECONDARY resources provide access to synopses, structured abstracts, systematic reviews and meta-analyses

1.      Create summaries of information found in primary sources

2.      Include reviews, systematic reviews, and meta-analyses


TERTIARY resources do not develop material themselves

1.      Include reference/background/presearch/exploratory resources that broadly synthasize the literature and accepted practice 

2.      Are not updated as often as primary and secondary literature 

3.      Example: Martindale: The Complete Drug Reference (2009) 

 (With thanks to the people who created other library guides which I used to create this one)

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