Research articles are journal articles where the authors report on their findings. These articles have primary research outputs meaning the authors have drawn conclusions from their investigation and are contributing to the research environment on that topic.
It's important to note that these types of articles can be also be referred to as:
Research articles often have a specific structure and can be easily recognised.
Below are some examples of primary research articles:
Once you know the difference between research and review articles, you then need to identify which type of information you require.
Review articles are articles which provide an overview of the research environment on a particular topic. For example, a review article on chronic low back pain would map the research studies which have been performed on this topic.
It's important to note that these types of articles can also be known as secondary research.
Review articles are particularly helpful in providing the scope of research on a specific discipline and can be used to justify why more research is needed in a particular field.
Below are some examples of review articles (secondary research):
Below are some short but helpful videos on understanding the differences between research and review articles and how you can recognise them.