This page will provide information on the different types of information resources and how to use them. The first table addresses the various types of serials (aka: journals, magazines etc), what they are and when the are best applied to an aspect of research. The table below that describes the different types of physical and online reference resources, along with search strategies and examples from the catalog.
|Scholar in field, academic, or researcher||Staff Writer, journalist, often a generalist||Staff writer, journalist often with expertise in field||Staff Writer, Journalist|
|Always many references and/or footnotes||Rarely cites sources, original sources may be obscure||Rarely cites sources||Rarely cites sources|
|long (10+ page) articles with sections such as abstract, literature review, methodology, results, conclusion||Brief articles, unless feature||Brief article, unless feature||Brief article, unless feature|
|"Looks like a book." No color, no ads even in online versions||Glossy, graphics, full page advertisements even online versions||Glossy, graphics, advertisements, many are large format or online||Newsprint or online|
Content courtesy Worcester Polytechnic Institute