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Selecting Information Sources

Information comes in many different formats: Journals, books, newspapers, government publications, audio, video, bibliographies, dissertation/thesis, data, a personal interview are just some examples. Remember to ask yourself the following questions when selecting sources.

This table will help explain some of the different types of information formats.

Sources

Type of information

How to find them

Books

Varies greatly -- can range from contemporary to older more historical information. May report facts, studies, statistics, analysis, etc.

The library catalog

Magazines & Journals

Good source for current information. May provide scholarly perspectives, studies reports, or discussion. May also provide popular perspectives, polls and stories, etc.

Library databases or print indexes

Newspapers

Good source of recent or current information. May range from local to international information and perspectives. May include statistics, polls, reports, etc.

Library databases or print indexes

Videos, documentaries, etc.

Varies greatly -- can range from current or older. May have dramatizations of issues or actual reports.

The library catalog

Government Publications

Good source for current or older government studies, reports, statistics, etc.

The library catalog or government web sites

Interviews

Good sources of topic-specific information and first hand accounts.

Personal interviews, Library databases or print indexes


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