In this module, you'll learn characteristics of different kinds of information sources used in the scholarly research process (scholarly, popular, etc.) in order to use them effectively. To get the most out of it, review all text, images, and videos and complete the quiz at the end.
This module will take approximately 15 minutes to complete.
Defining an Information Need
An effective way to begin a search for information is to define your information need. Ask yourself questions such as:
Do I need...
a general overview?
a quick reference to a specific fact?
in-depth information on a narrow topic?
Once you determine what information you need, you're ready to select the types of sources that best fit your need.