There are many sources of information -- websites, books, magazines, journals, newspapers, friends -- and which sources you use depends on your information needs and your assignment requirements.
Always evaluate your sources, even if they come from the library.
For your college research needs, think about whether the source is scholarly or popular.
Which is more reliable for college research?
- Scholarly sources typically are considered more reliable, due to the expertise of the authors and the rigorous review and editing process.
- However, popular sources can also be reliable and appropriate, though you may find more opinions there. They also do not typically discuss a topic in as much depth as a scholarly source would.
Scholarly articles are not always better than popular ones. Sometimes a newspaper or magazine will serve you better than a peer-reviewed article. To make the best use of sources, take the time to evaluate them and determine whether they are truly useful for you.