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Types of Library Materials: Consider Types of Sources

This guide will help you distinguish between different types of library materials including books, reference books, eBooks, magazines, and journals.

Types of Sources

When you understand what types of information are published in each type of resource, you will be able to choose a resource most suitable to your research needs. 

Reference Works: 
The best resource to find a concise overview or summary of a topic, written by a topic specialist. Often lists additional references.  We have both print and electronic reference works.

Example of a print reference source:    
Encyclopedia of smoking and tobacco

    Reference - 1st Floor - Bremerton Campus
    Call Number:
362.296 Hi616e


Books:
The best resource to find more in-depth analysis of a subject although it may not be as broad a view as a reference work.  Not as current as periodical articles.  We have both print and electronic books.

Example of a print book:
  Combating teen smoking : research and policy strategies
   Non-Fiction Circulating Bks - 2nd Floor - Bremerton Campus
   Call Number: 362.2967 Co731j


Periodical Articles: 
The best source for small segments of a topic, current articles on a topic, analysis of current events, and/or targeted research studies.  Can be newspapers, trade journals, popular magazines, or scholarly journals.  We have both print and electronic periodicals.

    Example of a scholarly article:
OCathail, SM, et al. "Association of Cigarette Smoking with Drug use and Risk Taking Behaviour in Irish Teenagers." Addictive Behaviors 36.5 (2011):   547. ProQuest Research Library. Web. 17 Jan. 2012.