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Topical information

Topical information deals with recent developments and is intended to keep you abreast of what is currently going on in a particular field. This information can be found in newspapers, magazine articles and on websites. It is important that you pay attention to the credibility of the information. (see Select reliable sources) A good source for news is the database is Nexis Uni. You can find many articles from international and national newspapers and see if any news has been published on your topic.

Background information

It is important to know exactly what a field of study entails and what relevant concepts and theories mean. This is background information that can be found in (text) books. Knowledge of a subject makes the search process easier

Books are increasingly available in digital form. You can find them via a database of eBooks, such as EBSCO ebooks.

Factual information

Sometimes it is just necessary to know facts, for example to supplement your report. This can be information about a company, statistical data, or concrete facts. You can find this information in databases, encyclopedias and dictionaries.

Several databases contain specific, factual information. Company.info and

Marketline contain company information,  nd data on magazine issues can be found in Retriever. An encyclopedia, such as Wikipedia, can be a useful starting point.

Research results

Research results can be results of experiments, but also descriptions, theoretical calculations, models and computer simulations and reports of practical applications.

Results should be objective and independent.

Research results can be found not only in reports or dissertations but also in scientific journal articles. You can find this in databases like Pubmed, Sage Premier and Science Direct.