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Research Skills 101: All about Sources

No single source and no single type of source will provide all the information you need to address a complex research question. You will need to discover a variety of different sources.These tutorials explain the nature of sources to help you match your information needs to specific source types. Knowing the characteristics of sources is important because different types of sources can be found using different research tools.

The following presentation contains audio and is best viewed in full-screen mode.

After completing these tutorials, you will know how to:

  1. Describe how information on a topic or event is published in different formats over time
  2. Describe the characteristics of different source types along the information timeline
  3. Define 'primary source' and 'secondary source'
  4. List common types of primary and secondary sources

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