Once you've begun exploring your topic and developed some search strategies and statements that will allow you to look for information effectively, think about these questions as you decide what kinds of information you need.
Do you need specific kinds of information?
Does the information need to be current?
How much information do you need?
Do you need to consider different points of view?
Besides thinking about the kinds of information you need, also think about where you are likely to find that information. There are many different information sources: journal articles, books, newspapers, government publications, data sets, web sites, videos, interviews--these are just a few of the places where you might find the information you need.
Most of the time you will need to use a combination of different sources. Thinking about the best information sources for your topic early in your research process will save time and help ensure that you find the kind of information you need.
Here are some guidelines that can help you in choosing among various sources:
Once you know what information sources will be important for research on your topic, you will want to know where to look for information in those sources. Here are some places to start:
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Finding relevant information on your topic is often the most challenging part of any research project. Whenever you have questions about what information you need and what sources can best provide that information, ask a librarian. That's why we're here. You can contact a librarian by email, IM, phone, or in person.