Information Sources for ResearchWhat Types of Information Sources Do I Need?
Not all information sources are the same in terms of purpose or use. Explore the main source types that will help you develop and support your thesis statements and claims.
Specialized encyclopedias, dictionaries, handbooks, and other reference materials are useful when you need discipline-specific definitions and backgrounds information on a topic or issue.
- Gale Virtual Reference Library database of specialized encyclopedias, biographies, factbooks, primary sources, and more.
- EBSCOhost eBook Collection database of ebooks, including encyclopedias and dictionaries.
- FC Library Catalog to search for book titles in hard copy or ebook format. (Limit search to: Reference)
Circulating and Electronic Books
Search for books in hard copy and ebook format for broad and in-depth examinations of a topic. Circulating books generally check out for two weeks with a current student ID card.
From FC Library:
Request an Interlibrary Loan at the reference desk for books at other libraries:
Academic or Scholarly (Peer-Reviewed) Journal Articles
Scholarly, peer-reviewed articles for expert analysis and original research reports.
Trade, Industry, and Professional Publications
Newspaper and Magazine Articles
For general interest and news articles.
- American FactFinder | Access community facts on population, education, income, poverty, race, and more (based on data from censuses and community surveys from US Census Bureau)
- USA.gov: Data and Statistics | Directory of US agency programs that collect statistical data about the US, including crime, working conditions, transportation safety, food production, education, health, science, energy, and economic indicators.
- CIA: World Factbook | Country profiles, including people, government, military, and transnational issues.
- World Bank Open Data | Free and open access to global development data on indicators, such as education, poverty, health, gender, and climate change.
- UN Data | Includes data about the world, including crime, education, energy, environment, finance, food, gender, health, refugees, and trade.
- NationMaster | Compiles data from hundreds of sources. Make sure to check citation for original data source.
- OFFSTATS | Official Statistics on the Web from The University of Auckland Library
- Pew Research Center | Nonpartisan fact tank informing the public about the issues, attitudes and trends that share America and the world.
- FC Library Catalog | Click here to see how to limit your search for statistical data in print.