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Choosing & Identifying the Best Source Types for Your Research

Learn about all the different source types and when they are appropriate and helpful to you in the research process: encyclopedias, Wikipedia, books, scholarly articles, popular articles and magazines, trade magazines, news, and websites!

When and Why to Use Free Websites

Source Types

Characteristics

Used for

Disadvantages

Free Websites

·    Cover a wide variety of sources including books, companies, articles, organizations, State and federal government documents, commercial and personal sites.


·    Anyone can publish websites.


·    Use Website evaluation Guide to evaluate websites carefully: http://guides.rider.edu/webevaluation

 

·      Free reference resources on many topics.


·      Company information.


·      Government documents.


·      Google Scholar for scholarly content.


·      Free E-books.

·    Many websites are not reliable and may be hoax.


·    Not all articles from Google Scholar are free.

(You can get access through the Rider University Libraries, though!)


·    Information can be overwhelming. It takes time to sort through the good from the bad sites.