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Determining Information Needs

Once you find a potential topic, you will want to determine the types of information required to meet your research needs. Do you need primary or secondary sources, or a combination of both? What are popular resources and are they appropriate to use in academic research? Are you required to have peer-reviewed journal articles, or are scholarly articles sufficient? Where is the best place to look for different types of information, from clinical studies to statistics? How can ‘grey literature be useful?’ When should you consider searching outside the library’s databases for research resources? Continue reading the topics in this section to learn about different types of information, and when you should be using each type.

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