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Finding your sources

Finding your sources

Author: Dan Reade
  1. Distinguish between different types of sources (e.g. newspaper articles, scholarly articles, reviews, books, lectures, etc.).

  2. Explain how to find sources on the internet using key words.

  3. Explain how to use bibliographies to find similar sources.

This packet should help a learner seeking to understand how conduct research for a paper and who is confused about how to find sources.  It will explain the variety of sources that are available to students who are conducting research.

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Types of Sources

Discovering sources is a two step process. First, the writer must determine what question he or she wants to answer. Second, the writer must then find sources that provide those answers. This slideshow will show you how to develop a research question that will help you guide your search for sources. Then it will show you different types of sources (in particular, primary and secondary sources) that you can consider.

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How To Use Keywords and Other Search Tools to Improve Internet Research

While the Internet is an amazingly convenient research tool, many users do not get as much out of their searches as they could. The PDF below will provide some tips and tricks on how to use different keywords and other techniques to conduct Internet research more effectively.


How to Use a Bibliography For Research

One of the most overlooked sources for research is the bibliography of other texts. The slide show below will discuss the value of examining bibliographies, as well as other sources you can use to expand your research possibilities.

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Sources are the foundation upon which almost an essay is built. As such, it is important to make sure you are not limiting your access to helpful materials. Using the resources above can help you get the most out of your research time and allow you to develop your paper as effectively as possible.

Source: Dan Reade