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A guide to accessing information sources at The Alice Smith School

Information Sources in Academic Research

Information can come from virtually anywhere — media, blogs, personal experiences, books, journal and magazine articles, expert opinions, encyclopedias, and web pages — and the type of information you need will change depending on the question you are trying to answer. For login PASSWORD information click here


Provide definitions of words and often give synonyms, antonyms, idioms, word origins.

Dictionaries can also be for language translation i.e. English-Chinese or subject specific i.e. Dictionary of Psychology.


A reference work that contains information about many different subjects or a lot of information about a particular subject.

Academic Databases

Academic databases provide access to academic journals, scholarly articles, and other peer reviewed sources of information.

Databases can be general or specialist in their content.

Magazines & Newspapers

Magazines and newspapers a collection of articles and images about the news or diverse topics of popular interest and current events. Usually these articles are written by journalists or scholars and are geared towards popular interest.