Answered By: Katie Hoskins
Last Updated: Jun 13, 2016     Views: 67

Your instructor will often specify the type of sources you should use for your assignment, so be sure to read the instructions carefully. Here are some ways you can use different types of sources to support your arguments:

Chart showing different types of sources and how they can be used. See attached document for accessible version.

Many of these sources can be accessed through the NOVA library catalog and databases. You can also learn more about research sources from the Purdue Online Writing Lab.

You will need to find information resources that are credible and easily cited for your assignments. Credible information sources share several things in common and it is generally easy to tell:

  • who wrote the work,
  • where the work was published,
  • when the work was produced, and
  • the purpose of the writing.

Authors of credible information also acknowledge and list the other works they used in their research. Primary sources are another type of resource, that are more frequently used in subjects like history.

When in doubt, ask your NOVA librarians for help.