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"Know Your Sources" by Portland Community College Library

When doing research you will come across a lot of information from different types of sources. How do you decide which source to use? From tweets to newspaper articles, this tool provides a brief description of each and breaks down 6 factors of what to consider when selecting a source.


Where Do I Start?

Develop a Search Strategy:

  • Write your topic as a question.
  • Think of as many words as you can to describe your topic. Add more words, subject headings, and public policy terms that you find as you search.
  • Combine the terms for your online searching using Boolean Logic (AND, OR, NOT) to get more relevant sources.

  • Think about what you already know about your topic. What more do you want to know?

  • Take time to explore what kind of information is available.  See what others have published in books or periodical articles.

  • Be open to new ideas:  Modify your topic as you discover more information.


  • Research is a process. 

  • It takes time to search and to think about what you find and how it fits with your topic.



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How to use this guide

Use the tabs at the top of the guide to navigate through the various research areas you will explore while working on your projects. Depending on your topic, different resources may be more valuable than others, so be sure to take a look at all the research options we have available. And remember that librarians are always standing by if you are in need of help!

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