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...
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|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|
|statistics and data||Statistics reference books, online statistical sources|
|research on a focused topic||scholarly journals|
|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|
Handout: Timeline of Information
Handout: Finding Authoritative Information