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FC: Information Seeking Strategies: Determine the range of possible sources
1: This book is dedicated to all who need to learn how to research. We hope you learn something you never knew before.
3: An encyclopedia contains thousands of articles on a variety of subjects. Most likely your topic will be included, and it is a good resource for you to use to introduce yourself to your topic. A general encyclopedia deals with all areas of knowledge. Specialized encyclopedias provide more detailed and technical information on specific areas of knowledge, such as art, medicine, or the social sciences. | Electronic Encyclopedia Usually have the same information that is found in the print version of the same encyclopedia. The big difference is the electronic version is updated more frequently than the print version.
5: Books are a reasonably inexpensive and convenient way find knowledge and information. Millions of books have been printed on almost every subject and in every written language. Books like almanacs, dictionaries, encyclopedias, and telephone are often used for reference.
6: Other Reference Books
7: Almanacs Yearly publications that provide statistics and other information about current events. | Dictionary Useful to learn how to spell, pronounce or understand the meaning of a word. Many dictionaries are also useful to learn about grammar word usage, and etymology or word origin. | Indexes Reference tools that list which magazine or newspaper an article can be located. An abstract, or brief description is written, but full text article usually not included.
9: Magazine (or Periodical) is a collection of articles targeted at specific audiences and published at regular intervals. Most magazines are published monthly. For this reason, content in magazines is less topical and timely than that in newspapers, most of which are published daily.
11: Journal (or Trade publication) is a periodical devoted to a specific professional, business, industrial, or trade field. Trade journals represent about two-thirds of all the periodicals in the United States. These publications carry news items and articles and advertising designed to inform the reader about the particular trade or industry.
13: Newspaper is a publication devoted chiefly to presenting and commenting on the news. Newspapers can cover more news, in much greater detail than television and radio newscasts. Many newspapers, produce an online version in addition to a printed version.
14: Online Database
15: Database - a collection of data, or information that is specially organized for rapid search and retrieval by a computer | Subscription Databases are reference works stored on computers. Many times libraries, schools or universities pay a fee to allow patrons the ability to access these materials. Some form of a password is required in order to view the information. Check with your librarian if further information is needed.
16: The Internet
17: Search Engines Keywords are used to find web sites or information on specific topics. Popular search engines include AOL, Google and Yahoo. | Internet A worldwide network of computers. It enables users of computers and other networked devices throughout the world to send and receive messages and share information in a variety of forms. Organizations or individuals provide free or fee-based access to their web sites. There is a tremendous amount of information on the Internet but much of it is unreliable or biased. Many times the information is not suitable for use in a research project.
18: Wikipedia-The Free Encyclopedia A Starting Point Inappropriate for Research
19: Wikipedia is a free Internet encyclopedia. It is a collaborative encyclopedia in which anyone can write and edit articles. The encyclopedia has no editor and authors are anonymous. It is based on the use of wiki software that allows any user the ability to create and edit. web page. | Wikipedia’s greatest problem is its greatest asset. The encyclopedia allows anyone to write or edit articles. The Wikipedia community believes that anyone who contributes or edits articles is doing it for the greater good. Some editors, however, are malicious and add incorrect or vulgar material. For this reason, Wikipedia is not appropriate to use in a research report.
21: Librarians are a resource that many people forget to consult. They can show you resources in the library that can help you to find information on your topic. They can also introduce you to all of the subscription databases available to their library patrons.