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Selecting the Right Source

Now that you know the wide range of information sources available to you, how do you select the best one for your research?

If you're working on an assignment for a class, be sure to find out if certain types of sources are required.

If you need... Try...
Background information, such as United States politics or the history of women's rights books reference book encyclopedia set
Some books, specialized reference books, or  encyclopedias

Popular articles, such as new movie reviews or social trends magazine cover

Current Information, such as recent natural disasters newspaper World Wide Web
Newspapers or web sites

Scholarly information about specific academic subjects, such as social work or nursing books journal cover
Some books or scholarly journals