Different types of sources will give you different types of information.
For example, if you need background information, you might look in an encyclopedia article, or a book. If you need to find in-depth analysis of a particular aspect of your discipline, you might look in a scholarly article.
When you look at a source, consider:
- who is the audience?
- what type of content is being conveyed?
- is this a scholarly source?
- is this source reputable?
Look at the three sources below. While they all can give you information about a topic, they all approach it differently. Which one would help you find:
- background about the history of college majors?
- in-depth criticism of the concept of majors?
- links to more information about types of majors?
- original research exploring issues related to college majors?