Q. I'm working on the SMILE project, and I need a refresher. I'm confused about the difference between primary and secondary articles.
Sure, we'll be glad to help.
- Remember, be sure to use the British spelling of "behaviour" (with the "u") when searching for your article in Animal Behaviour.
Deciding if an article is primary or secondary: If you can’t tell (or aren’t sure) from the title, check the abstract/article. If it is written in the first person (I/We studied…), it’s primary! If it has a methods section, it’s primary!
- Searching for your primary article citation: This should be found in ProQuest. Use a “keyword search” to find a primary article that relates to the main purpose or model animal of your article and that has been published within the past 5 years. Do not select the article you chose from Animal Behavior for SMILE (it is likely to appear on the list, possibly as the first choice).
Searching for your secondary article citation: This can come from ProQuest or from a search engine such as Google. It should relate to the main purpose or model animal of your article and must have been published within the past 10 years.
Also, since you are working on the SMILE project, you may also be interested to see this related question/answer:
I hope this is helpful. If you have more questions, please ask.