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Beyond the Basics: The Research Process at UCBA

Self-paced guide introducing the process of doing research.

Source Types

There are a variety of source types that you may encounter when working on your research assignment. The differences between them can vary such as the depth of topic coverage, intended audience (e.g. academic, general), and purpose. Think about what type will provide the information you need:

  • Latest information on a current event?  
  • ​Current research on the topic or issue?  
  • Opposing perspectives for an argument? 
  • Overview on the topic? 

Reminder: Always review the assignment for any source requirements (e.g. age of source, type of source).

The Information Timeline Video

The Information Timeline video (3:28 minutes) reviews the process for how different types of sources are created.

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