Make sure to read your assignment description carefully. These questions can help, but if you're confused - ask your teacher!
Searching isn't always a one stop shop. Your purpose or where you are at in the process can determine where you need to go. The chart below can help you connect with resources that might help!
|Purpose/Step In the Process||Source(s)||Notes|
|Just starting out?||
|This can help you choose a topic and find some introductory information about your topic|
|Gathering background information?||Encyclopedias; Biographies; Books.||Background info is key to establishing context and understanding your topic! NOTE: books take a while to be published so if your topic is very recent you might need to rely on newspapers|
|Current Events||Newspapers; Popular Websites||Newspapers are usually published daily or weekly and are therefore the quickest way to get to the most recent information on a topic|
|In-depth information||Books; Scholarly Articles||Books are the most in-depth option while articles usually present new research|
|Government Information||Governmental Websites or Repositories||Most government information is digitized, but sometimes you will have to visit a library for a physical copy|
|Statistical Information||Statistics||These are scattered across the web but can provide good information to back up your argument.|
|Scholarly Articles||Databases||These often require library access|