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Information Literacy Archaeology: Introduction

Selecting information sources

Once you have formulated a good search question, you can choose which information sources to use. You will need to decide what sort of information you need. This will determine where you should search.

Not all information is suitable for every purpose. Sometimes you will need to find out about the latest advances in your subject area, and another time you will need statistics to back up your report.

Before you begin searching, you need to have a clear idea of the different types of information and related sources. Do you have an overview of the available sources?  If so, you can make a list of relevant sources for your specific search. This is what you are going to work with.

Learning outcomes

After studying this section you will be aware of the different sources of information that are available in the University Library. You will also be able to select the relevant sources for your specific research question.

Google is not necessarily the best option!

Google is not a good search engine to use for finding publications on your topic. For various reasons:

Hardly any scholarly literature (books and journals) is freely available on the internet. Many books exist only in printed form, and even if publications are electronic, in most cases Google cannot read these and/or make them available. Most electronic scholarly publications are only accessible if a subscription has been paid for them. University Libraries subscribe to these publications and pay the fees.