can get you a historical perspecitve on your topic to see how it has evolved over time
often are written by authors who are experts or have taken the time to do research on a particular subject
help you understand the complexity your topic
When you find a book...
you do not have to read the whole book! Instead look at the table of contents in the front to find which chapters will be most helpful to you
look in the back of the book. Often there is a list of sources that the author consulted when he or she wrote the book. You might want to use these sources for your research, too!
Different articles give you different flavors of info:
Scholarly or Peer-Reviewed or Academic Journal articles are good to find results of scientific or academic research. They are written for scholars and provide in-depth analysis of a very specific area of your topic
*** For more in-depth info on scholarly journals click on the link at the bottom of this box.
Trade Journal articles are good for finding articles written for specific professions (police officer, veterinarian...etc.) They often analyze new trends, research, tools or techniques important to their area of work
Popular Magazine articles are good for summarizing information on a topic for the general public. They often provide a background, summarize research findings, and provide some analysis of a topic
Newspaper articles are good for facts and up-to-date information. They often provide little analysis of a topic.
Evaluate articles to determine if they are credible sources for your research
AUDIO, VIDEO AND IMAGES
audio and video can be valid sources for research!!
give you a visual and emotional understanding of your topic
allow you to hear important talks or lectures at your own convenience
can provide authentic, first-hand accounts of events from participants or witnesses in the film
are great for presentations you must give in front of a class - keep your audience interested and engaged!
need to be evaluated to determine if they are credible sources for your research