Magazines - written by journalists. Published weekly, biweekly, monthly or bimonthly.
Newspapers - written by journalists. Published daily or weekly.
Academic Journals - written by specialists in the field (professors, scientists, professionals, doctors, etc.). More complex, detailed articles with lots of research and/or studies. Published bimonthly or quarterly.
Reference Sources are great resources to use as you begin your research. They provide background information and overviews of topics.
Almanac - Compilation of facts and statistics
Atlas - a book of maps, charts and geographical information.
Dictionary - Definitions of terms. Can be general (ex. Merriam-Webster) or for a specific subject (ex. Science Dictionary)
Encyclopedia - Comprehensive summaries of factual information. Can be general (ex. World Book) or for a specific subject ( ex. Encyclopedia of World War II).
Handbook- Short, informative explanations on a topic.
Website - a collection of related webpages that can be created by anyone and are usually FREE
Primary Sources - Original, first-hand account of an event or time period. Examples include: autobiographies, interviews, newspapers, photos, artwork, laws, speeches, government reports, letters, diaries, etc.
Secondary Sources - Describe or discuss events or subjects. Written by someone who has researched the topic. Examples: Biographies, Non-fiction books, encyclopedia articles, websites, etc.