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Anatomy and Physiology

Finding primary research, peer-reviewed journal articles

Primary research: articles reporting original research, such as the author's findings from a survey or experiment. Research articles have five sections:

  1. Introduction

  2. Materials and Methods

  3. Results

  4. Discussion

  5. Conclusion

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Find a peer reviewed journal article using enCompass

Primary research

Published in the last 5 years

A & P Topic (Chose something you are interested in!)

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Why the research was done

Method used

Results and Conclusions 

Use your own words not copy and pasting from the article

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Start your research at the enCompass search bar on the Library homepage. This search bar gives you access to all of our electronic resources. If you use enCompass off campus, you will be prompted to enter your TVCC Library card number before accessing any articles. Request your library card using this form.









When you search for peer reviewed research, use specific search terms. Use quotation marks around phrases and Boolean operators (and, not, or) to narrow your search. These research tools will help you combine concepts to find the best results. Your search terms may look like these:

  • "protein synthesis"

  • kidney and elderly or "ages 65-80"

  • "Cardiovascular disease" in homeless

Source Type
In the left-hand column of the enCompass discovery service, you will see a menu of limiters. Choose to limit your search to "full-text" and "peer reviewed." But be careful! Not all of the results you see will be peer reviewed primary research. Some will be case studies, literature reviews, or opinion pieces. Before you commit to reading a full article, skim to see if it has all of the sections a primary research article should have.

APA Guidelines


12-point Times New Roman, double space is best but you may also use:

*11-point Calibri1

*11-point Arial

*11-point Georgia

Always check with your instructor if they allow anything other than Times New Roman

Title Page


Page Number (running page numbers)

Paper Title (Bold) (3-4 lines down from top of page)

Author (Student's Name)

Affiliation (Department and College Name)

Course (Number: Course Name)


Due Date (Date Format January 15, 2023)

*Double space after the Paper's Title

In-Text Citation

Both quotations and paraphrasing require citation. 

*Author's surname, Year (Dominick, 2023)

*If surname appears in text, the date is in parentheses immediately after the name. 

Dominick (2023) states....


Grady, J. S., Her, M., Moreno, G., Perez, C., & Yelinek, J. (2019). Emotions in storybooks: A comparison of storybooks that represent ethnic and racial groups in the United               States. Psychology of Popular Media Culture, 8(3), 207–217.

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