Online College Courses for Credit

Finding Your Sources

Finding Your Sources

Author: Ms. K
  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.

See More
Fast, Free College Credit

Developing Effective Teams

Let's Ride
*No strings attached. This college course is 100% free and is worth 1 semester credit.

47 Sophia partners guarantee credit transfer.

299 Institutions have accepted or given pre-approval for credit transfer.

* The American Council on Education's College Credit Recommendation Service (ACE Credit®) has evaluated and recommended college credit for 33 of Sophia’s online courses. Many different colleges and universities consider ACE CREDIT recommendations in determining the applicability to their course and degree programs.


Types of Sources

Books are long works of usually research- or experience- based work that has been published in book form.

Shorter research-based articles are scholarly articles.  Usually you know that an article is scholarly because it is widely researched.  One place to find scholarly articles is by searching Google Scholar or library search engines.

If you just use regular Google, you are more likely to find news articles and websites.  This information is reported, not researched at a scholarly level.

Primary sources are sources in which the author actually experienced first hand  what is being written about. He or she lived through the Korean war.  He or she actually did the experiment with the mice.  He or she was reporting from the scene of Egypt’s revolution.

Secondary sources are sources that use primary sources to report and draw conclusions about a topic.  The authors of secondary source uses primary sources to create their work


Source: Made by Ms. K with help from

Finding Sources Online

Source: Made by Ms. K

Using Bibliographies to Find Sources

Let’s say you’re researching global warming. 

You find this article on Wikipedia, and you think it has some GREAT information.


you also know that information on Wikipedia can be altered by anyone and therefore could be unreliable….



Check out the references at the bottom on the Wikipedia page (or at the end of any researched article)...

...and you're bound to find more sources!

Source: Made by Ms. K

Evaluate Online Sources Carefully

Source: Made by Ms. K