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Getting Started on Your Research

Information Sources for Your Research

What type of information do you need?

Once you have formulated your research question and are ready to start your research in earnest, it is important to understand your information options and the advantages/disadvantages of various information resources.  How important are the following to your project?

Timeliness of your sources (books vs journals vs newspapers)

Journals vs Popular Magazines

Primary vs Secondary Sources

The Type of Database


Locating information

Books, Videos & More

Journals at Thorndike

Databases at Thorndike


Subject Guides - These will help direct you to information on a select group of subjects

Important Tip:  Can't find that book, article, DVD, etc that you need?  Have no fear.  Interlibrary loan is here!