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BMS105/132 Research Skills Guide: Find

Commonly Used Sources

The sources of information you use will depend upon the question you need to address in your assessment tasks. These are the most common sources you would use in your assignments:

Source type: Use this source to:
Books and eBooks
  • Get an overview, introduction, and/or background on a topic
  • Get in-depth information about a broad topic
Journal articles
  • 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
Websites
  • Locate reports and documents from government, academic, or professional organisations
  • Find background or introductory information
  • Familiarise yourself with the topic

Reference material

(dictionaries, encyclopaedias)

  • 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

Sources of Information

The information cycle