Answered By: Priscilla Coulter
Last Updated: Feb 27, 2017     Views: 647

Books often cover subjects broadly, to give readers an overview.  Textbooks and encyclopedias, in particular, are written for those who are new to a topic -- they make a good starting point when you need to familiarize yourself with a subject.

Popular articles (like those from magazines and newspapers) are typically written for a general audience, without too much technical language.  This makes them a good place to start when you need a leg-up with a new topic.

If you're a visual learner, watching a video can be a great way to get up to speed with a topic that's new to you.  The library subscribes to several multimedia databases, and collects many more that are freely available (and trustworthy).

Open web pages, like popular articles, are often intended for a general audience...but you need to be sure that you're using  one that's reputable.


Ready to begin gathering scholarly sources? These FAQs will help: