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Selecting Sources

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 assignment first. Sometimes professors will require certain information sources. If they don't include source requirements in your assignments, talk with them about which sources are preferred.

If you need:You might try:
Background or indepth information, such as the history of railroads, eating disorders, or the civil rights movement Books
Popular articles about current events or social trends Magazines
Information about a speech yesterday by the Governor of Oklahoma Newspapers or Web
Scholarly articles about patents for new chemical elements Journals