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Research Process

Information Needs

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General Information

Look for sources that provide overviews to help you gain understanding, such as webpages, dictionaries, and encyclopedias. ⚠️  This should not be your main source of information.

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Look for sources that share points of view on a topic, such as blogs, editorials, social media, and opinion polling agencies.

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Expert's Take

Look for scholarly research articles, books, or other works written by someone who has demonstrated expertise as well as interviews with those individuals. One of of our journal databases can help you!

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Data & Facts

Look for statistics based resources related to the topic from government agencies, organizations, or original research articles.

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Look for first-person narratives or case studies found in interviews, newspapers, research articles, and websites.

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Latest Information

Look for news websites, broadcasts, and social media.