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Pharmacology for Nurses

Types of Information Sources

Primary Sources    Secondary Sources Tertirary Sources

Primary Sources are obtained from original journal articles published by the researcher, or from their research notes/journals etc. which are not usually available to the average researcher. (see journal listing)


Compilations of data recorded in handbooks of various names and for various purposes. Can usually be found in the reference section of the library.


Least specific with regard to date of reported data, experimental conditions, controls, and the peer reviewed process.



  • articles in journals published by professional chemical societies
  • articles published by professional interest groups (i.e., American Chemical Society)


  • CRC Handbook of Chemistry and Physics
  • The Merk Manual





  • Dictionaries
  • Encyclopedias
  • Textbooks
  • General Science Books
  • Oxford Dictionary of Chemistry


Secondary & Tertirary Sources