data sources

Although this looks like a complicated mess, it’s very easy to see that our next step on this journey is the literature/applicable theory review. This is a step-by-step process in which you identify published (and unpublished, if applicable) work from secondary data sources, evaluate the work in relation to its ability to help solve your problem, and finally, documenting the work that you utilize.


The next question you should be asking is “What are these ‘data sources’ you speak of?” Academic books and journal articles are typically the most useful sources of information, but things like professional journals, reports, and even newspapers may come in handy as they can give you “real-world” information about markets, industries or companies. As a general rule of thumb, you’ll probably want to use a combination of these types of sources.


PLEASE NOTE: The following is a cautionary message that is more than a rule of thumb…it’s a rule.


Be careful when using the internet to find sources. I am not talking here about our library’s website that contains valuable databases of peer-reviewed, scholarly articles. I am talking about haphazardly searching Google, Bing, or whatever engine you use for references. The internet is essentially unregulated and unmonitored. This means that any John (or Jane) Doe can post information about a topic on their own personal webpage, blog, etc. PLEASE BE CAREFUL! Websites like Wikipedia are NOT acceptable sources of information. If you are going to use Google to search for material, use Google Scholar. This will bring back articles from more reputable sources.


DO not Plagarize and wrtie in APA style…cite references on a seperate page as well. (In text Citation is a MUST)


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