Types of information
Information comes in many different forms. Many of us use books, journals and websites to research a topic, but what about works of art? Photographs? Audio recordings? Maps? Objects?
There are so many information sources out there! Depending on your subject, there could be a range of materials for you to access to deepen and enrich your research.
Here are just some of the broad range of resources you can use while researching a topic.
- journal articles
- ephemera (flyers, how-to-vote cards)
- government records
- annual reports
- oral histories
- video recordings
- diaries and letters
- personal papers
- data and statistics
- music scores
- physical objects (coins, clothing, toys)
- plans and designs
- people (experts, enthusiasts or just interested parties)
Things to remember
- Information comes in many different forms
- A useful resource could be a book, website or person
So where do you find this information? Let’s look at a range of organisations and institutions, and the information they collect.
Image credit: The Great Levante and his new magical extravaganza, Will Alma conjuring collection, State Library Victoria