Presentation on theme: "Research Papers Locating Your Sources. Two Kinds of Sources Primary source: original text, document, interview, speech, or letter (it is the text itself)"— Presentation transcript:
Two Kinds of Sources Primary source: original text, document, interview, speech, or letter (it is the text itself) Literary works (poems, stories, novels, essays, plays); documents; autobiographies; letter; interview; speeches; surveys; tables of statistics Secondary source: someone’s comments on or analysis of a primary source (it is not an original text or document) Comments on or analysis (*either written or spoken) of an original text or document; biographies
Evaluate your sources Check the date: Accurate up to date information An article published in 1978 about space stations is seriously out of date, however, an article about William Shakespeare could still be an excellent source Check the author: Is the writer an expert on the topic? Is the writer biased or for some other reason unreliable?
Choosing Your Source Encyclopedias World Book Encyclopedia Encyclopedia Britannica Encyclopedia Americana Some teachers do not accept these articles as sources because they are too broad and general, but they may give you an overview At the end they give a list of recommended books about the topic Biographical Information Contemporary Authors Dictionary of Scientific Biography Who’s Who in America Current Biography
Choosing Your Sources Atlases Contain maps as well as geographical and economic information Historical atlases show past boundaries Current atlases show nations, cities, and geographic features Almanacs Single volume books are published each year They are crammed with facts, charts, statistics, and other information Dictionaries Unabridged dictionaries that contain nearly every work in the English language There are specialized dictionaries, (dictionaries of slang, sports terms, science, art, and foreign languages)
Choosing Your Sources Quotations Bartlett’s Familiar Quotations The Home Book of Quotations Help you find out who said what, and when did he or she say it If your trying to track down a familiar phrase or quotation Looking for a quotation on a specific topic Specialized books on all subjects Book Review Digest, Granger’s Index to Poetry Short Story Index Humanities Index Business Periodicals Index
Choosing Your Sources Periodical Magazines Newspapers You will find the current ones on library shelves Back issues are usually stored on microfilm or microfiche Reader’s Guide to Periodical Literature Look up according to subject or author’s last name Computers Electronic database Huge collection of data, articles, and other kinds of information The Internet Yellow Pages will help you find out what databases are available Other WWW addresses: www.collegenet.com www.collegenet.com //netvet.wustl.edu www.cwc.lsu.edu/civlink.htm www.cwc.lsu.edu/civlink.htm
Wikipedia May not be accurate information. You may not use this source due to the fact anyone can put something on this site.