Does your professor require you to find a certain type of research document for an assignment? Use this guide to determine what those terms mean, and what to look for when they're not labeled.
As a student, you'll find many types of sources using the library's databases. Sometimes, professors will ask you to find specific sources, and sometimes, it's hard to tell what a source is because it's not labeled. Use this guide to help you determine if a source is the right one to use for your research project.
|Discipline||Primary Source Examples||Secondary Source Examples||Tertiary Source Examples|
|Art and Architecture||Painting by Manet||Article critiquing art piece||ArtStor database|
|Chemistry / Life Sciences||Einstein’s Diary||Monograph on Einstein’s life||Dictionary on Theory of Relativity|
|Engineering / Physical Sciences||Patent||NTIS database||User’s Manual|
|Humanities||Letters by Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.||Web site on King’s writings||Encylopedia on Civil Rights Movement|
|Social Sciences||Notes taken by clinical psychologist||Magazine article about the psychological condition||Textbook on clinical psychology; DSM|
|Performing Arts||Movie Filmed in 1942||Biography of the director||Guide to the movie|