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HLTH 235: Food Systems

Types of Resources

The number of information sources available to students and researchers is vast. Before starting your research, think about what type of information you need for this research.

Information can come from anywhere: books, journals, magazines, newspapers, encyclopedias, web pages, government documents to name a few.

You need to be aware of the type and source of information you gather and who the intended audience is since not all information you find will be correct, accurate or appropriate for your paper.

The following sources are the ones that most students will use:

Books will provide you with a good general overview of a topic, but are generally not as up to date as the other sources.

Journal articles from scholarly journals and magazines tend to deal with more specific topics than books, and are usually more up to date.

Web pages contain all kinds of information, including grey literature, video, audio, and statistics. The currency and quality of the information varies greatly.

Finding Resources

There are different tools available to locate information in these sources, depending on which type of source you wish to use.

  • To locate books on a topic: search Omni
  • To locate journal articles: use a database /index, as well as Omni
  • To locate web pages: use a search engine (Google) 


Video Collections

The multimedia collection at Queen's Library contains DVDs and online (streaming) videos. In addition, the library subscribes to several online video collections including the ones listed below.

Locating Videos at the Library

  1. Perform a subject search in Omni.
  2. Limit your search results to Videos by selecting Videos from the Resource Type facet located along the left side of the screen.
  3. You can also restrict your search results to Video/Film within Advanced Search.

For additional information on video collections available at Queen's Library, visit Video Collections.