Chose information sources based on your needs and what your instructor wants for a research assignment
Your Instructor wants proof that you have consulted a variety of information sources in your research.
Did they give specific instructions regarding what kind of sources they want you to use?
Or specific rules for what sources they will not allow?
Do you know the difference between an 'academic' or 'scholarly' source and a 'popular' source?
The most common sources of information for College research are explained below.
Start with general information sources, and then go to more specific information sources.
From newspapers, magazines and journals, articles are focused and specific.
Newspaper and Magazine Articles:
What about Google or Google Scholar?
It is possible to find trustworthy reliable sources via search engines like Google but you will like encounter a 'pay-wall' or have to spend time verifying that the author is trustworthy.
Instead start via the Camosun library databases where you will not face pay-walls or questionable content.
Encyclopedias & Dictionaries
Also called reference sources these can be general or specialized
What about Wikipedia?
You can consult Wikipedia, but it is not an authoritative source. Any information found there must be verified in another authoritative source that you can include in your works cited list.
Instead look for your topic in the "Research Starter Database" in the list Databases on the Camosun Library website.
Periodical means something published at regular intervals. This is why newspapers are also called "Dailies." Most magazines and trade journals are published monthly, and academic journals may be published every month or two, four or more times a year.
Books and eBooks
Camosun has both print books and electronic books.
What about Amazon or Google Books?
Instead use the Camosun Library and limit your search results to Books and eBooks.
Websites & Online Sources
Using these sources in your research means you have to investigate how trustworthy and accurate the information is:
Some tips for finding quality online sources:
Instead use the Camosun Library Databases and Research Guides, these are packed with pre-selected trustworthy sources
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