When conducting research on werewolves be sure to analyze the sources and works of information you receive. Not only should you be sure to analyze peoples works but you must be sure to interpret the views and understandings of the people involved in the works. Some of the most common types of research methods are listed below:
- Primary sources: primary sources are first hand original accounts of information -this information is commonly gained through interviews of people with first hand accounts of the research topic you are conducting – werewolves. Speeches, letters, reports, experiments, and surveys among others are also primary sources of information. Whenever possible use primary sources for your work.
- Secondary sources: usually conducted by studying research that has already been done to primary sources. The internet: Of course the internet, but be careful and check the source of the information.
- Library: Yes the library, but just like the Internet, check the source of whom you are getting the information from; are they an authority on the topic? Who is the publisher of the book? When was the book published?
When conducting research it is important to note all references to the sources of the information you are gathering. Give credit when credit is due and cite any of your works used when writing your research paper.
When researching werewolves always consider the type of material you are using to determine if the author of the information has an authority on the topic.
Common types of sources include:
- General books
- Periodicals: journals, magazine, and newspapers
- Online Sources: discussion boards, forums, and groups
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