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Library Resources for General Studies Capstone: The Flow of Information
This guide is designed to connect students to the resources necessary for research papers.
the importance of the library when compared to the laboratory (except in the creation of fine arts); a preference for books over articles, although both are used; a focus on primary texts or items; a longer time frame for the materials used
University of Georgia--Online Library Learning Center
The social sciences, humanities, and natural sciences each have different ways of creating and disseminating information. Things such as the importance of currency, or the privileging of certain source types, vary from subject to subject. Below are links to helpful explanations about the flow of information in different subject areas.
a strong preference for journals and conference papers over books; informal communication that is as important as formal research; publications that are international; the use of technical language that is not always understandable to the lay person
Collaboration with colleagues to gather data and publish research; reliance upon raw data; a need for current information that leads to heavy use of journal articles and conference papers; findings are often reported in the popular media.