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Biology 5560: Sullivan, Ornithology: Key Resources

[BIOL|5560|Kimberly Sullivan]

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Secondary research often summarizes the work of many primary research studies.  In the sciences, a common example of this is a review article.  Review articles report and analyze the results of primary research articles, but don't report any new information.

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