If you completed the Information BASICS module, you know that information sources come in many different formats:

The format may affect the source's availability, accessibility, or usefulness.

For example:

  • if you are looking for an archival source, it may only be available in an archive that is far away. There may be no way for you to see the actual source without the expense and time of travel.
  • if you need a particular book, the library may not have it, but you can request it through Interlibrary Loan
  • full text source ...
Generally, if the source is digital and on the Web, you may have easier access than if it's a microfilm and only available when the library is open.
NOTE: This doesn't mean you should only look for items on the Web; it just means you may need to plan ahead to get the items in less accessible formats.

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