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RWS Library Instruction Review

Links and more information about library resources

Types of Resources

To choose a type of resource: think about what point you’re trying to make and what kind of supporting information will help you communicate your message effectively. A paper arguing for the power of social change through street photography may use examples from Instagram. Whereas a paper analyzing how fashion influences our ideas of beauty may use staged, highly produced studio photography. 

Here are some questions to think about when choosing resources:

  • What is the scope (range) of your project? Is it about one event or about similar events in a decade?
  • How long should the finished product be? Is it a 3-5 page paper, or a 10-15 page paper?
  • Is the goal to compare two or more points of view?
  • Did the instructor specify a certain type of resource (peer-reviewed article, physical book, primary source)?

The chart below shares different types of resources and why you might want to use them.

I know what type I'm looking for, now what?

Once you've determined what types of resources you're interested in finding, it's important that you learn how to evaluate.