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ASH402/501 Research Skills Guide: Sources of information

SOURCES OF INFORMATION

Once you have completed a topic analysis and brainstormed some keywords you are ready to start looking for information. There are lots of information sources and many ways to find them using CSU Library.

CSU 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.

 

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).