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ECE 333T - Engineering Communication

Thinking About Sources

What's the Right Source for the Needed Information?

Here's a reminder of some of the options available to you when you look for information and of how these can assist you in your work:

  • Books (including encyclopedias and handbooks) -- print and electronic -- bring together information from the research literature and help with understanding the background of a field or subject.
  • Research papers (usually journal articles and conference papers) report on the newest experimentation and --- through the historical literature --- also provide details of past work.
  • News articles and updates -- think of a Wall Street Journal article explaining green hydrogen production as an example.  These help keep investors and "creatives" informed.  Also in this category is coverage of current events, including industrial accidents.  We expect the reading level and content to be understandable to most readers.
  • Special data sets, databases, and guides -- created by government agencies, private companies, and by members of the library staff.  These save collection and analysis time for researchers and include sources on, for example:
    • Business research
    • GIS
    • Intellectual property.
    • Statista, an index to statistical sources.  It also includes the statistics.

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