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EML102 Research Skills Guide: Sources of information

INFORMATION RESOURCES

Source type* Use this source to:
Book
  • Get an overview, introduction, and/or background on a topic
  • Get in-depth information about a broad topic
Journal article
  • Access the latest research and ideas on your topic
  • Learn about varied perspectives on a topic
  • Examine a topic in very specific detail
Newspaper
  • Get the latest current affairs and business information
  • Investigate public attitudes to topics and issues
Website
  • Locate reports and documents from government, academic, or professional organisations
  • Find background or introductory information
  • Familiarise yourself with the topic

Reference material

(e.g. dictionaries, encyclopedias)

  • Find factual and statistical information on a topic
  • Get an overview of a subject
  • Find definitions
  • Use subject specific resources to decipher the "jargon" of your topic

*Source type includes both hard copy and online versions of the source (for example, books includes both hard copy books and ebooks). 

 

SOURCES OF INFORMATION

Charles Sturt University Library has a large collection including over 60,000 online journals and more than 100,000 ebooks. Watch the video tutorial below to learn more about sources of information.