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Library DIY

What type of sources do I need?

There are two major things to consider when deciding on the type of source(s) to use:

  1. Did you instructor tell you what type of source to use, for example scholarly articles only?
  2. What type of evidence do you need to answer your research question or make your argument?
    If you need.... Try using                  
    Expert advice Scholarly articles, books
    Public or independent opinion on an issue Newspapers (editorials), magazines, websites
    Basic facts about an event Encyclopedias, newspapers, books
    Eye-witness accounts Newspapers, websites, primary sources
    Information about a very recent topic Newspapers, websites
    Local information Local newspapers
    Information for professionals working in a field Trade journals

     

 

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