Types of Information Sources
Understanding source types helps you determine what you need for your research. Below is a list of commonly used resources with brief descriptions. Click on a link to learn how to locate information in a particular source type.
Provide broad, foundational coverage of a topic, usually with an in-depth analysis.
Offer introductory overviews. You can find background information to help you
select a topic and place it in the broader context of the discipline.
Contain articles written and reviewed by experts in the discipline. Topics are usually more narrowly focused.
Are written for general audiences and are meant to entertain, inform, or present
an opinion. Authors are usually employed by the magazine.
Available in print and online and one of the first mediums to report on an event.
Available through the library and provide scholarly coverage in a variety of disciplines. Users can create playlists and create clips that can be embedded into other documents.
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