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Identifying Information Sources


There are so many different types of information on the Internet, it is sometimes difficult to identify what you see on the screen. Knowing the type of information you need or are hoping to find will help in accessing the information and using it appropriately. Review the broad categories below to help identify different types of information formats and publications.

Search Tools

  • Library Catalogs - use to find location and holdings of books, periodicals and other material within libraries.
  • Article Databases - to find articles on specific subjects.  Especially useful in finding scholarly and academic journal articles.
  • Reference Resources - finding aids such as encyclopedias, dictionaries, atlases, almanacs, .etc.
  • Search Engines - use to find Websites and other Internet resources.