Research articles present original research results, and include details of the scientific data obtained during the research, as well as the methodology used. They are known as a primary source of scientific information, and should include:
Review articles do exactly what their name suggests: they review the literature published on a particular topic. Typically, review articles:
A review article is considered a secondary source of information, and can provide an ideal starting point for researching a topic. The reference list will contain citations for the research articles (primary sources) discussed – a good way of locating other literature that may be relevant to your topic. Be aware that a review article reflects the views of its authors - you should still look at the articles discussed and draw your own conclusions.