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Determine your information needs
Introductory information: Perhaps the hardest part of research is deciding what you need to find. The steps below will...
Review your assignment
- Does your assignment specify what types of sources you need to use?
- Provide in-depth, detailed coverage and background information
- Articles from academic / scholarly / peer-reviewed journals
- Provide information that is up-to-date and highly specific for scholars, researchers, and professionals.
- Articles from trade publications
- Provide information targeted to professionals in a particular industry.
- Articles from popular magazines
- Provide broad summaries of research or issues on a topic for a general audience.
- Articles from newspapers
- Provide up-to-date, national and regional information on a current topic.
- Internet sources
- Can be useful for a variety of information needs, but each website will require critical evaluation.
- What kind of information do you need?
- Do you need a brief overview of the topic?
- Do you need historical information on your topic? Or do you need current information?
Last updated by hollingj on 12/10/2008