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FOX ENG101: 1) Types of Sources for Research

 

Types of Sources

Websites

  • to find current information
  • to find statistical data
  • to find information from all levels of government - federal to local

Find using Google (or other search engine)


Media

  • alternative views on topics
  • images or video clips

Find using Google, Search@UW, or Subject Databases


Magazines and Newspapers 

  • to find current information about international, national and local events
  • to find information written for the general public

Find using Google, Search@UW, or Subject Databases


Books

  • when looking for lots of information on a topic
  • to put your topic in context with other important issues
  • to find historical information
  • to find summaries of research to support an argument

Find Using Search@UW


Scholarly/Peer Reviewed Journal Articles

  • when doing scholarly research
  • to find out what has been studied on your topic
  • to find references that point to other relevant research

Find using Search@UW or Subject Databases

Brainstorming

To start thinking about your research topic, Ask the 5 W Questions:

Who? Who are the important people related to your topic? College students, business people, etc.

What? Describe what you mean by your topic? Think of other words (synonyms) to describe your main point.

When? Is your topic specific to a time periods? 1960's, early 21st century, etc. Or specific to an age group? children, teenagers, young adults, etc.

Where? What is the location? United States, high school, college, etc.

Why? Why is your topic important? Why do people care?