Module 3: Evaluating Info Need
Books, articles, and websites all are examples of resources you might need for your research. But these information sources differ in several ways:
- Currency - How up-to-date is this information?
- Coverage - How comprehensive is this information?
- Authority - How trustworthy is this information?
There is no single tool to find all these things - books, articles and websites.
|Reference Books (encyclopedias, etc)
||general background on a topic; facts
||Encyclopedia of Race, Ethnicity, and Society; Encyclopedia of American History|
||in-depth information on a topic; historical information
||Culinary fictions: food in South Asian diasporic culture; Harnessing America's wasted talent: a new ecology of learning|
||New York Times; Wall Street Journal|
||general interest articles for a wide audience, current events, popular culture
||Time; Economist; New Yorker|
||in-depth research on a topic, written for other scholars in a field
||Literature and History; Public Health|
||general interest articles for members of a particular profession
||Advertising Age; APA Monitor|
||current information, popular culture, government information
||Finding books, DVDs, etc. that the library owns|
||Finding newspaper, magazine, trade publications, and scholarly journal articles|
For more details on currency for these types of sources, view this Info Timeline:
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