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Research Process: Getting Started: 2. Choosing Sources

A guide to assist students in conducting research using the wide variety of information sources available to them.


To select the best information sources for your research, you should consider the variety of sources that exist and their specific characteristics.

In this section, you will learn to:

  1. Choose the best types of information source to answer your research question.
  2. Make distinctions between different types of available information sources.
  3. Determine where to find current and historical information.
  4. List the differences between primary and secondary sources.
  5. Understand the differences between popular and scholarly publications.