Online vs. Print Publications

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Online vs. Print Publications :

An important distinction when doing research is the difference between traditional publications and Internet resources. The Internet may be the most convenient place to begin your research, but it is not always the best.

Internet Sources : Anything published exclusively online in a variety of digital formats. Material includes: web pages, PDF documents, ebooks, multimedia.

Traditional Publications : This includes anything that has been published in print form and is widely available at libraries and bookstores. Material includes: books, textbooks, newspapers, popular and scholarly journals, and magazines.

With the advent of new technologies, many traditional resources are now available online (including newspaper articles, magazines, book chapters, and journal articles). Pay careful attention to whether the source you have found is an online-only source or if it has a print component as well.

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  • Types of Available Sources : The amount of information can be overwhelming and confusing. This section provides a list of common types of available sources and what information you can discover from each.

  • Primary Research : Primary Research isn't limited to published material that can be found on the Internet or at the library.
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