Scientific Language: Using Evidence from Sources

Sources can provide evidence (or support) for your interpretation of your findings and for your discussion of the limitations. This evidence comes from what other researchers have found out about your topic, and from theory and standards related to your subject.

In your first year, your lecturers will often put together a summary of this research so that you can easily find the information in your course notes. We call this kind of summary a secondary source of evidence. In later years and sometimes in first year, your lecturers will expect you to use primary sources, which are the original articles (journal papers) where researchers publish their findings.

All sources must be referenced according to your school or marker’s preferred referencing system. See the Reference section of this program for help on reference conventions in Microbiology and Immunology.

Sources can be used to support:

 

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Kathy gives advice on writing academic journal articles (57s):

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