Skip to main content
It looks like you're using Internet Explorer 11 or older. This website works best with modern browsers such as the latest versions of Chrome, Firefox, Safari, and Edge. If you continue with this browser, you may see unexpected results.


Guide to information resources in business.

Source Types

Research typically involves using a variety of sources:

Articles  (newspapers, magazines, journals, found in library databases)

Books or eBooks


Proceedings or Papers

Statistical Sources


The top video to the far right provides an overview of the type of information you can find in sources such as books, encyclopedias, journal and magazine articles.

Your professor may also ask for primary or secondary sources (or both).  The  bottom tutorial to the far right will help you to distinguish between the two.





Scholarly Journals
Appearance Generally have a sober, serious look. May contain graphs and charts, but will have few photographs or ads. Use scholarly language specific to the profession or field.
Audience Academics, researchers, professionals.
Authors Researchers or scholars in the field.
Content Original scholarly research for a particular profession, field, or subject.
References Will almost always include a list of citations, Works Cited, or Bibliography.
Also Called Academic, peer-reviewed, juried, refereed.  Scholarly journals that are reviewed by experts are called peer-reviewed, juried, or refereed.  Not all scholarly journals are peer-reviewed.