What sources are best for my topic? Choose the proper tool for the task:
- For a general sense of a topic, use dictionaries, encyclopedias, textbooks, or reference books. These are good for narrowing down a topic. Click the Books or Reference Sources tab above for links to these items.
- For specific aspects of a topic, use books and scholarly journals. Click the Books or Articles tab above.
- For information on what has been compiled over an extended period of time, use books, bibliographies, scholarly journals, newspapers, or government documents. Click the Books, Articles, or Web Sites tab above.
- For the most up to date information,
use articles from periodicals (journals, magazines, and newspapers). Books are good for concepts,
history, and theory. However, due to the length of time it takes to get
a book published, books will not contain the most recent information.