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Recognising different types of information sources

Information comes in many formats - can you recognise whether you are looking for a journal article, a book or a book chapter just by looking at the reference from a reading list? How you search for information will depend on what type of information you are looking for!

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An accurate reference, whether on a list of readings or references, will help you to find that source of information. A reference will always include information about the author, date of publication, and title. Here are some examples of different information sources:

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Citation examples

A journal article

Brotheridge, CM 2013, ‘Explaining bullying: using theory to answer practical questions’, Team performance management, vol. 19, no. 3/4, pp. 185-201,

A book

Mishna, F 2012, Bullying: a guide to research, intervention, and prevention, Oxford University Press, New York.

A book chapter

Bulbeck, T 2001, ‘Bullying the Elderly’, in P McCarthy, J Rylance, R Bennett, & H Zimmermann (eds), Bullying: from backyard to boardroom, 2nd edn, The Federation Press, Sydney.

Information Cycle

Finding the right information for your research – understand the Publishing Cycle and why this influences the type of information available to you. This short video introduces the publishing process, and expected times that information could be available on different topics.

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