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Research Without Pain: Step 2: Gather Information

Research can be fun if you follow these simple steps.

Types of Information Sources

With the proliferation of information available today is important to critically think about which sources you consult as you make your way through the research process. It can be confusing to know if newspaper articles, books, journal articles or the internet would satisfy your information needs.  Some assignments may require you to use certain types of sources such as primary or secondary sources, or specific types of periodicals, such as scholarly journals. Other assignments may require you to limit the number sources you use from the free web. 


This video provides a broad overview of the information you can find in sources such as books, encyclopedias, almanacs, periodicals, electronic resources and more.

Video and program notes have been posted with permission from Bob Baker, Library Director, Pima Community College.

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