Which Type of Resource Should I Use?
The answers to these questions will influence where you look to find additional information to support your thesis. The following table shows various approaches you might use to find information geared to specific audiences, purposes and time frames.
|Audience/Purpose||Time Frame/Currency||Useful formats for info||Good tools for finding the info|
|General audience or background information||Current issue or concurrent with discussion in the past||Magazine or Newspaper articles||General article index (like Academic Search Premier)|
|General audience or general overview of broad topic||Topic/issue under discussion for some time||Books||Library catalog|
|Specialized information for researchers or informed readers||Current issue or concurrent with discussion in the past||Journal articles||Subject-specific (subject-specialized) article indexes (like CINAHL or PsycINFO)|
|Overview of specialized information for researchers or informed readers||Specific topic/issue under discussion for some time||Books||Library catalog|