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Selecting the right source

Now that you know the wide range of sources available to you, how do you select the best one for your research?

If you're working on an assignment for a class, consult your syllabus first. Sometimes your professor will require certain information sources.
If you need... You might try...

Background information early in the research process, such as the history of railroads. books    subject encyclopedia cover
Books or Encyclopedias

Popular articles about new movies or social trends.
magazine cover
Magazines

Current information about a speech yesterday by President Obama. newspaper   World Wide Web
Newspapers or the internet

Scholarly articles about the Chinese economy or the human genome. journal cover
Journals