There are many different sources of information available. Your instructor may provide you with specific guidelines for the types of information to use for your research/project. The chart below provides an explanation of the different sources:
|Professional/Trade Journals||Written for professionals in a particular field. Reports on topics and events in a given industry.||Library Journal|
|Magazines||Written for a general audience. Report original research.||Sports Illustrated|
|Scholarly/Peer Reviewed Journals||Written for a scholarly audience. Report original research.||JAMA: The Journal of the American Medical Association|
|Newspapers||Current events and news. Often published daily.||New York Times|
|Books||Extensive coverage of one topic or theme.||Medical Assisting|
|Websites||Can cover personal, corporate, or informal topics.||lcweb.loc.gov (The Library of Congress)|
|Database||A database contains citations of articles in magazines, journals, and newspapers. Some databases contain abstracts or brief summaries of the articles, while other databases contain complete, full-text articles.||Academic Search Complete|
|Media||This could be a variety of things from YouTube clips to art to music to documentaries to a movie. Media give a different perspective on a topic.||YouTube|
Videos are specific to the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee Libraries and are used for general information purposes only. For specific information about how to use the CLTCC catalog, please refer to the Library Orientation LibGuide at https://cltcclibrary.cltcc.edu/Library_Services and download the CLTCC BobCat Library Orientation sheet or contact the librarian at 318.487.5443 ext. 1137.
What does it mean to write with sources?
Selecting relevant sources is more than finding the type of source that is required and it is more than finding a source that contains your keywords. As the researcher you will want to select sources that enable you to engage a question or a problem.
A list of required sources will help you envision what a good bibliography will do: show your reader the depth and breadth of your research. Gathering all of the required sources for an assignment does not substitute for engaging with sources in your writing. A well researched paper will converse with the ideas and information presented in sources.
Framing Your Research
Scholarly writers engage with the work of others through the strategic selection of research and ideas pertinent to the question or problem under discussion. When trying to decide if a source is pertinent to your question, it can be helpful to ask yourself: What could a writer do with this source? Could this source provide background facts or information? Could I analyze or interpret this source for my reader? Could this source refine my question or extend my thesis? Could this source be a lens for interpreting competing findings?
A paper that cites a lot of background sources will be a boring report. A paper that cites a lot of argument sources without including an exhibit runs the risk of rehashing the ideas of others instead of applying the ideas of others to new questions or contexts.
Bizup, J. (2008). BEAM: A Rehtorical vocabulary for teaching research-based writing. Rhetoric Review, 27(1), p72-86. doi:10.1080/07350190701738858
This guide is based on the Information Literacy Tutorial from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee.
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