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Information Literacy

Identify Your Information Needs

When you start a research project, one of the first things you should do is develop a research strategy. A big part of your research strategy will be choosing your topic and narrowing the scope of what you want to learn. You can do this by determining what you know, what you don't know, and the best resources to fill in your knowledge gaps. 

**For more in-depth resources on creating research strategies, visit the 'Research Strategies' tab on the left. **

Different resources will have various advantages and disadvantages. For instance, books will feature more comprehensive knowledge and background information on a topic but could be missing more recent or updated information. Periodicals and journals may have more current information, but the scope of knowledge included in them may be limited compared to that of a book or eBook. Some of the resources below will teach you about the different resources you will encounter.

Resource Types

Linked in Learning Course

Information Literacy - Types of Resources

Section 1 of this LinkedIn Learning Course discusses some of the more common types of information you may come across. Including books, periodicals, and more. Check it out to see what options to have for information resources!

Preparing - Types of Resources Part 1: Library Resources

Take a look at this YouTube Video made by Conestoga College that briefly explains the different types of library resources you can use and when they may be best to use.

Preparing - Types of Resources Part 2: Websites

Take a look at the second part of this YouTube Video made by Conestoga College that briefly explains the different websites you may encounter online and when to use them.

Check Out These Websites!

Organize Your Information

One thing that may help you when you start your research is to organize the information you have, the information you need, and which resources may be best to get that information. You can make use of some great websites like the ones below! They provide a platform to organize and visualize brainstorming.