Use these questions to help you decide where to search.
Are certain sources required?
Double check the assignment and look for the types of sources the instructor requires, such as peer-reviewed articles, newspaper articles, data, books, or videos. Different sources are found in different places.
What type of source is most likely to have information on your topic?
The research topic you choose will have an impact on the types of resources you will find. Some topics are covered in both books and articles. Current events are more likely to be covered in the news. The peer-review process takes months, and research covering very recent events may not be available until some time after the event occurs.
What broader subject encapsulates your topic?
Think about what broader subject your topic falls under. For example, the topic of “race relations” may be explored by scholars in sociology, law, criminal justice, public policy, psychology or ethical studies.