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Doing Research

Locating information sources

Understanding sources
Defining information sources

Information sources provide you with facts, conclusions, ideas, and creative works of the human intellect and imagination. Information sources can be academic and non-academic and appear in print and online.

Types of information sources

There are three basic types of information sources monographs, periodicals, and web-based sources.

  • Monographs: These are publications that are published once or as a revision of an earlier work. They include books and reports. This type of publication usually covers a topic providing context and theoretical information. It often includes references to other sources.
  • Periodicals: These are publications that are published regularly e.g. every day like newspapers, weekly or monthly like magazines and quarterly like journals. They offer the latest news, events and studies on a topic. Journals include references to other sources.
  • Web-based sources: These types of sources have no standard publishing. They include websites, electronic discussion lists, news feed and blogs.