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Types of Information Sources
Journal articles, patents, meeting abstracts/conference proceedings – present original results of investigations reported by researchers (primary sources).
Review articles, books, handbooks, encyclopedias, dictionaries, indexes – analyze, compile and facilitate access to information from primary sources (secondary sources).
Information Searching Strategies
- Locate background information using reviews and articles from encyclopedias
- Identify key researchers in the area
- Be familiar with specific search techniques of the database
- Know the value and use of citations searching backward and forward in time
- Subscribe to the alert services provided by journals and databases
Evaluation of Information Resources
- Content (Subjects, is it related to your topic? In what aspects?)
- Authority (Author and source, are credentials known? Scholarly?)
- Date published (is current information is very important?)
- Availability (Abstract, bibliography, full text, library holding?)