BIO150Y Optimal Information Foraging  

Information Sources

The truth is out there...but how do you find it?


Overview

Journals Books Web
  • easy to search once you know how
  • most available online
  • highly specific
  • main source for primary and current research
  • written by scholars
  • editorial control
  • use cited references to find other material
  • easy to search once you know how
  • mostly still in print
  • summary or overview of topics
  • written by scholars
  • editorial control
  • use bibliography to find other material
  • deceptively easy to search
  • fast
  • anyone can publish
  • no quality control
  • contact others through email or chat
  • lots of stuff


When to use

If you need... You might find information in... By using...
Current information
  • web sites
  • journal articles
  • newspaper articles
  • search engines
  • subject directories
  • indexes
Scholarly information (e.g. primary research)
  • scholarly journal articles
  • books
  • indexes
  • library catalogue
Background/overview information
  • books
  • encyclopaedia articles
  • review articles
  • newspaper articles
  • library catalogue
  • online/print encyclopaedias
  • indexes

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