This page offers brief discussions of information source types and tools: suggestions regarding what tool is best for particular searches and how/when/why one might use such tools.
Types of Sources
Research requires the use of various types of sources.
Accessing sources requires going through various "information portals," each designed to principally support a certain type of content. Houston Cole Library provides four principal information portals:
Print reference sources, especially dictionaries and encyclopedias, are used early in the research process, before information source seeking begins, and can be used to
In addition to assisting in research, these works also can
Print reference tools