1.1 Sources of Information

Learning Outcomes

After completing this chapter you will be able to:

  • Identify scholarly and popular sources
  • Understand the peer-review process
  • Know the difference between primary, secondary and tertiary sources
  • Use sources appropriately in your work


There are many different sources of information:

  • Scholarly and popular sources
  • Primary and secondary sources

It is important to know the difference between sources of information and to know what source to use when.


This image shows a variety of sources in a collage: a magazine, a journal, a textbook, an encyclopedia, an academic book and a newspaper
Sources of Information



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