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Match your topic to the right types of sources

Your topic will often determine the best type of sources.  For some, you may need to depend on websites and interviews.  Other topics will be reported on in the news media.  Still others will have scholarly journal articles or data sets that can be used.

  • Working on a WCU campus group or club?  You can research the organization itself though the WCU student organizations page and by looking for articles in the Quad newspaper archives.
  • We have some interesting databases for researching places.  You could search for news stories in our Philidelphia Inquirer database or the Daily Local newspaper website.  We also have a database called policy map that will create maps with data overlaid in color.
  • For company research, your best bet is Business Source Premier.  Not only does it have magazine and scholar journal articles on companies, but it has detailed company reports for almost all publicly traded companies. 
  • For profiling a professional within a career, you could supplement your interview with information from free government websites:  the Occupational Outlook Handbook and O*Net.
  • For an organization, in addition to the organizations own website, there will probably be  newspaper and magazine articles available through OneSearch.

Some databases to consider

Need more sources?

Need something that the databases and websites above don't cover?  OneSearch has streaming documentary videos and lots of newspaper articles in addition to scholarly sources.

Contact Information

Rachel McMullin
F.H. Green Library, Room 209
West Chester University   ---    WCU Libraries  25 West Rosedale Avenue, West Chester, PA 19383  610-430-4400