scholarly - scientists and medical experts, professors, instructors, and academics
professional - medical, legal, technology workers
general - the community
Information is presented in different formats.
print - books, articles, magazines, newspapers, reports, field notes
electronic and digital - books, articles, magazines, newspapers, websites
audio - interviews, music, podcasts
visual - video, maps, charts, images
physical - artifacts, bones, or other materials
Always consider the type of information you need and what you need it for. Choose appropriately for your purpose, audience, and preferred format.
Most of the resources collected on this guide are intended to inform or educate (their purpose) and are written for scholarly or professional readers (their audience). Use the navigation on the left to learn more about some different source formats you may encounter in your studies.
Evaluating Sources - You are the filter!
It's important to look carefully at any information source you find.
Evaluate its quality and credibility. Don't believe everything you see!
Some key questions for evaluating sources:
What is the purpose of the resource?
Who is responsible for the content?
Who is the intended audience?
What content is covered?
How is the information organized?
Where is the information coming from?
How current is the information?
Is there direct research or summaries of research?