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Different types of assignments require different types of
information. For example, for a fact-finding or objective paper you will
need to find objective, reputable sources of information. For a classic
argument, you'll need not only objective information but also examples
of both arguments and counter-arguments.
Frequently, your assignment will include information about the types
of sources your instructor wants you to use.
- Define your need before you start to search.
- What are the requirements for the assignment?
- What is the purpose of your paper?
- Who is your audience?
- What's their level of understanding?
- What do you already know?
- What should you look for that will fit that audience and
- What you need determines where you go to look for information.
- Level of detail
- Some types of information:
- Personal knowledge
- Personal interview
- Your own research: questionnaires, surveys, etc.
- Reference books such as specialized encyclopedias
- Books - popular or scholarly
- Newspaper articles
- Popular magazines
- Trade magazines
- Academic or scholarly journals
- Government documents
- Internet sources