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WAK ENG 101: College Writing and Critical Reading: Types of Sources

Research Tip:

Research Tip:
Ask your professor if there is a minimum number of scholarly sources required for your paper or project.  Expectations can vary based on the paper, project or even the topic of your research.   Make sure you know what is expected of you.

Types of Sources

Types of sources and their purpose   Websites can be personal, corporate, or informational.   Newspapers report on current events and news. Written for a general audience  Magazines contain articles that report news or trends.  Trade journals contain articles that report on topics and events in a specific industry. Written for professionals in a certain field.   Scholarly journals contain articles that report research. Report original research.  Books provide extensive coverage of one topic or theme.

College-Level Sources