Different sources of information

How is an information resource constructed and structured? Depending on what you are going to use the material for, different sources can be better than others. By choosing a certain information resource, you are also choosing a certain level of quality and difficulty. You might need to limit yourself concerning printed material or material in electronic form. Some material is immediately available, others have longer delivery times. It is important to find the right information sources for your specific question.

Valuable information exists in many forms, not just in printed or electronic books and articles. You can use:

  • Oral information from colleagues, teachers and friends is typically important in the academic world. Much information about new research projects etc comes through this unofficial route.
  • dictionaries explain and define words and phrases
  • encyclopaedias define terms and describe relationships, persons and places and are often a good starting point.
  • scientific articles generally describe specific research within a discipline, but there is also review articles. You ca search for scientific articles in subject databases or fulltext archives
  • web pages are searchable in search engines and web catalogues.

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