IRIS 42: Information and Research Instruction Suite for two-year colleges

Pulling it all Together

Choose the best source

This chart may help you decide which type of tool to choose for your information need.

If you Need...
Try this type of source...
up-to-the-minute news World Wide Web, broadcast media
current daily information newspapers, web-based news, broadcast media
local information newspapers, web-based news, broadcast media
in-depth, thorough treatments of a topic or subject Books
background information
Subject encyclopedias
statistics and data Statistics reference books, online statistical sources
research on a focused topic scholarly journals
historical information books
popular events magazines, broadcast media
primary research scholarly journals
editorials and expert newspapers
current data from government agencies World Wide Web
reliable, broad overview of topics subject encyclopedias

 

Tool For You

Handout: Timeline of Information

Handout: What Kinds of Sources Should You Use?

Handout: Finding Authoritative Information

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