Q. How can I tell if the article I found for Nursing 39000 is a primary research article?
A review of the abstract and content of the article will allow you to determine if it is primary research. Read the objective or aim provided and note whether the author is describing the content of his or her study. Look for headings that match the familiar components of a research study – terms like objectives, method, data analysis, results, etc. This usually indicates a primary study.
If the author states that the article is reporting or summarizing studies conducted by others, then it is secondary, not primary research. For purposes of the research article assignment, make sure to avoid articles that state that they are conducting a systematic review, meta-analyses, or literature review.