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Oftentimes faculty will specify whether to use books or journal articles for assignments. If they do not, then you need to think about whether your research question could be best answered using general or specific information. General or background information is most commonly found in books or other secondary and tertiary sources. Some quality websites can even be used to answer general questions. Alternately, research questions about specific topics are best answered using journal articles, which are usually primary sources.
These are a few general research questions you could easily answer using books and other secondary and tertiary sources:
If you need information about a specific topic or if you need information about a general topic but couldn't find a book to suit your needs, then you will want to look journal articles.
These are a few specific research questions you could answer using journal articles:
|category||type of material||where to look||what it's called|
|general||books in the UConn Libraries||the UConn library catalog||HOMER|
|specific||nursing journal articles||database of nursing journals||CINAHL|
|specific||biomedical journal articles||database of biomedical journals||PubMed|
|specific||other types of journal articles||find an appropriate database||nursing databases page|