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Research Process: Determining Information Needs

an introduction to the research process at a very basic level

Determining Information Needs

After finding your potential topic, and to determine the required type of information that can meet your research needs, ask yourself the below questions:

Do you need primary or secondary sources, or both?

Are popular resources appropriate to use in academic research?

Are scholarly articles sufficient?

Where is the best place to find different types of information?

Is grey literature useful?

When should i consider searching outside the library’s databases?

The following sub-pages will help you find the correct answers.