Different formats of information are useful for different kinds of projects. This is a quick overview of when, how, and where to find those information sources.
If all the information bases are covered elsewhere, why would you use websites? In some situations, you can get similar information from the web as you can from books, articles and statistics sources.
Web searching is a useful first step in determining good search words and basic information about your topic.
Everybody know what a book is and what it is used for, right? But it is good to understand when a book is useful for a research project and when it may not be.
Books may useful when:
Books may not useful when:
One of the best ways to determine if you need books or not is to discuss your topic with a reference librarian!
So books are useful for overviews, histories, and collected information. What are articles useful for?
Articles may be useful when:
Articles may not be useful when:
As with books, consult a reference librarian for assistance!
Often when making an argument, you may need to back it up with cold, hard facts, like statistics.
Here are some examples of topics when seeking and analyzing statistics are useful: