Skip to main content

EN 1201 - College Writing II (DePeter)

Different Source Types

When considering where you will do your research, it is important to remember what kinds of sources will be serve your needs.

  Advantages Disadvantages

Webpages

Image result for webpage

  • Concise
  • Most current information
  • Government publications
  • Biased, wrong, or outdated
  • Most quality information not freely searchable on the web

Articles

Image result for article

  • Current
  • Peer-review process
  • Accuracy and relevance check
  • Not best for general overviews
  • May not include current information

Books

Image result for book

  • Background/overview information
  • Authoritative information
  • Context with other issues
  • 3-5 years minimum to publish
  • Not best for current topics

Databases

Books

You are required to use at least one book as a source in your paper.