To be successful in your Current Topics Project, you will need to find a primary research article in a peer reviewed / refereed journal. There are two types of research articles in peer-reviewed science journals: primary and secondary.
Primary research articles describe original research written by the researcher(s) of the study. These include original research articles and case studies. For your Current Topics assignment you will need to find a primary research article on bones. The following are examples of appropriate peer reviewed/refereed research articles for the Current Topics Assignment:
Review Arizona State University's Ask A Biologist website to learn more about how to identify an original research article by its components.
Secondary research provides a summary and/or analysis of original scientific research. The most common type of secondary research articles are review articles. These types of articles summarize a number of research studies in a particular area and provide analysis on the research as a whole. Review articles are not appropriate for your Current Topic Assignments.
Opinion pieces can also be published in scientific journals. The most common types of these articles that you will come across are editorials or perspective articles. While written by experts, these are subjective essays and are also not appropriate for your Current Topics assignment.
To find articles for you Current Topics Assignment, please search the library's databases for primary research articles. The following are appropriate databases to search for your assignment:
If you are not able to find an article for your Current Topics Project in one of the library's databases, try searching Google Scholar. Google Scholar is a free search engine that can link you to free academic journal articles in a variety of fields, including human anatomy. Not all articles are freely accessible, but those that are will provide the full text link to the right of the title. Watch the following 3 minute video for more details: