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Geochemistry of Earth Systems 203 (O'Day): Original Research or Review?

Original Research Article Example

Original research articles are based on an experiment or study. They will have a methodology section that tells how the experiment was set up and conducted, a results or discussion section, and usually a conclusion section.

Cattle waste reduces plant diversity in vernal pool mesocosms

Review Article Example

Review articles are written to bring together and summarize the results/conclusions from multiple original research articles/studies. They will not usually have a methodology section, and they generally have very extensive bibliographies.

Hydrologic connectivity between geographically isolated wetlands and surface water systems: A review of select modeling methods

Finding Literature Reviews

Finding Literature Reviews in Science Direct

Go to Advanced Search
Enter search terms Example:
"vernal pool" AND nitrogen
Review articles in the results list will have "Review Article" next to the title.

Finding Literature Reviews in Web of Science

Enter your search terms. Example:
selenium AND groundwater

Under Document Type in the results list, select Review
Resort to see highly cited reviews at the top of the list.
Use UC-eLinks to access full text.

Finding Literature Reviews in Google Scholar

Enter search terms AND review. Example:
selenium AND groundwater AND review

Highly cited reviews will appear at the top of the list.
When pdf is not available, click "More" to see UC-eLinks button.