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This guide explains the importance of using a variety of perspectives and source types in your research.

Variety of Sources

When doing research, it’s important to use a variety of sources so you can get a well-rounded view, include several voices and perspectives, and diminish bias – this video will explain the importance of using a variety of sources.  

Source Variety

Source variety can be broken down into two different categories that interact with one another: a variety of perspectives and a variety of source types.  

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Find a Variety of Perspectives

Recognize that some types of sources exclude some voices and perspectives, which can be detrimental to your research. 

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For example, scholarly articles are written by people with degrees (Ph.Ds, for example) and affiliated with an institution (such as USU). But others; such as journalists, experts, and people with lived experiences; might also be credible sources with useful information. Their work isn’t published in academic journals, but can be found in trade magazines, news articles, books, blogs, tweets, etc. 

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Look at several different sources in order to understand topics comprehensively instead of basing your reactions only on one source.  

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Using a variety of sources can diminish the effects of bias—the preference of one view over another. Bias may prevent objectivity and often leads to an incomplete representation of information.

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If blatant bias is present in a source, compensate for it with viewpoints from other sources. Using multiple perspectives in this way will help you create a well-rounded source other researchers can use.

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Searching for a Variety of Source Types

1. When searching in a Library database such as Academic Search Ultimate. you can find a wide variety of source types. Place your search term at the top of the page and hit search.  We're going to use "higher education." 

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2. On the left-hand side of the page, you can limit your search by source type.  

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3. Select the type of source you’d like to use, such as newspapers, and hit search. Now you’ll just be seeing newspapers.  

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4. You can also click on “Show More” to see all the source types available to search.  

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