There is no "One Size Fits All" answer to what the best format for information is. Each has advantages and disadvantages and there are exceptions to every point in the lists below.
- Standard method of publishing research.
- Generally focused and more detailed.
- Often written for other experts in the field. (Note: We're not talking about general interest magazines here.)
- May have gone through Peer-review, where other experts in that subject evaluate the article before publication.
- found using research databases.
- Often more inclusive and general.
- May take longer to publish.
- Often useful for background research
- Edited books may have chapters writtne by individual authors.
- Found using the library catalog.
More information is being made available on websites, blogs and other resources.
- Be aware of the source and credibility of your information.
- Notice how current the information seems.
- What sources of information are used and are they cited?