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W 101: Science, Technology, and Culture

Where to Start with Your Research


We're glad you're here. You've made the first step in delving into research at Denison.

What do you need to know?

First thing is that you will need to plan ahead. Research can take time, including building in time for getting materials. There are many books and articles available directly within the library or online through the library, but some things will need to be requested. Make sure you build in time for getting books from other libraries through CONSORT or OhioLINK. It will take about 3 days to get them delivered to you. You will get an email when they arrive at our circulation desk for pickup.


Online Reference Collections

Primary vs Secondary Sources

Sources by Origin and Content

Think about how the sources were created and for what purpose

Primary Source Secondary Source

Reports original research

Reports and analyzes previous results without adding new data

Results of experiments

Editorializes on information from previously published paper

Reports on new discovery

Interprets previous study

Results of clinical trials



Primary Source Secondary Source

Published results of an experiment or clinical trial

News article reporting on an experiment

Published results of a research study or natural observation

Review of a series of articles on a given topic

Proceedings of a Conference or Meeting

Editorial article

Policy or Law from a government entity

Law review article explaining case law

Sources by Audience

Think about the target audience for your sources

Popular Scholarly
Usually written by professional journalists Written by experts in the field and give credentials
Written for the general public in common language Written for academics and professionals
Covers concept superficially Typically peer-reviewed and cover concepts in depth

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