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Choose the Right Tool: Home

This LibGuide will help you select the best types sources of information for your research. Whether it is books, magazine or journal articles, websites, government publications, or other sources, each has reasons to use them.


Need to do some research?  Where should you get your information?

Think about research like preparing a meal.  How would you like it if someone plopped a plain potato on your plate and offered that to you for dinner?  The same holds true if you only use one resource for your research paper or speech.  Just as preparing a meal means combining different ingredients and foods together, so does research mean looking at different types of information and choosing the ones that work best for you.  

Making pizza?  Ingredients can include:  pizza dough, tomato sauce, cheese, pepperoni, peppers, onions, mushrooms

Doing research?  Sources can include:  books, magazine or journal articles, websites, government documents, interviews, statistics

This LibGuide looks at these different types of information resourcesUse the tabs above to learn about what the different types of information sources can offer you.

Know Your Sources