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An Information Source is a physical or online reference that provides Information.



  • (Woodley, 2018) ⇒ Mary Woodley, CSUN Oviatt Library: Retrieved: 2018-06-24.
    • QUOTE: In general, there are three types of resources or sources of information: primary, secondary, and tertiary. It is important to understand these types and to know what type is appropriate for your coursework prior to searching for information.
      • 1. Primary sources are original materials on which other research is based, including:
        • original written works – poems, diaries, court records, interviews, surveys, and original research/fieldwork, and
        • research published in scholarly/academic journals.
      • 2. Secondary sources are those that describe or analyze primary sources, including:
        • reference materials – dictionaries, encyclopedias, textbooks, and
      • books and articles that interpret, review, or sythesize original research/fieldwork.
      • 3. Tertiary sources are those used to organize and locate secondary and primary sources.
        • Indexes – provide citations that fully identify a work with information such as author, titles of a book, artile, and/or journal, publisher and publication date, volume and issue number and page numbers.
        • Abstracts – summarize the primary or secondary sources,
        • Databases – are online indexes that usually include abstracts for each primary or secondary resource, and may also include a digital copy of the resource.


  • (Wikipedia, 2018) ⇒ Retrieved:2018-6-24.
    • An information source is a person, thing, or place from which information comes, arises, or is obtained. Information souces can be known as primary or secondary. That source might then inform a person about something or provide knowledge about it. Information sources are divided into separate distinct categories, primary, secondary, tertiary, and so on.