General Information

(Introductions, Summaries)

  • Course Readings & Notes
  • Encyclopedias
  • Dictionaries

Conclusive Information
(Evidence, Arguments, Case Studies,
& Research Conclusions)

  • Books / chapters with narrow focus
  • Scholarly Articles
  • Case Studies
  • Clinical Research
  • Books with broader focus
  • Book Chapters
  • Scholarly Articles

Getting Ready
to Search


Focused Searching

Become Familiar
With the Topic

  • Read to become familiar with your topic.
  • Take notes for your own reference.
  • Make a list of searchable  vocabulary.

Expand Your Knowledge
Of the Topic and Literature

  • Read to learn more about your topic.
  • Take notes for your research.
  • Expand your list of searchable vocabulary and search for related books and articles.
  • Consult bibliographies to find related books and articles.

Examples of Appropriate Sources

Narrow Your Focus
& Draw Conclusions

  • Read to narrow the scope of your topic and draw conclusions.
  • Take notes for your research.
  • Find specific evidence or arguments.
  • Consider how different author's conclusions compare and contrast with each other. 

More Detailed Information
(Explanatory Information,
 Evidence, Arguments)

Examples of Appropriate Sources

Examples of Appropriate Sources