Questions About Your Sources
Once you have developed your question you need to decide which types of sources are going to be most useful for you. Ask yourself:
- How much research is needed?
This will depend on the type of assignment. If it is an opinion piece, you may only need to read the source to which you must respond. However, if it is a larger research project, you will need much more.
- How current do my sources need to be?
Is your project historical research or an analysis of current events or theory?
- Do I need more general information on aspects of my topic?
Do you need more context for your topic?
- Do I need public opinion, quantitative or qualitative research, statistics, or theory?
What will best support your argument?
- Do I need information on a particular person?
- How many sources will I need?
Make sure you end up with enough sources to support your argument and to cover a variety of material.
- What types of sources will I need?
Be sure to include a variety of sources, both primary and secondary.
Once you have answered these questions, use this chart to identify which sources are most appropriate for your research.