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Different Types of Sources

This guide discusses some of the different types of sources you are likely to find in our databases.

Examples from the School of Health and Human Services

Major/Subject Area



Communication Disorders

A scholarly article that reviews various key studies on the relationship of music to brain function.

An ABC news report on Representative Gabrielle Giffords relearning words with the help of music.


Phipps, Marion A., Diane L. Carroll, and Anastasia Tsiantoulas. “Music as a Therapeutic Intervention on an Inpatient Neuroscience Unit.” Complementary Therapies in Clinical Practice 16 (2010): 138–142.

Moisse, Katie.  “Gabby Giffords: Finding Words Through Song.” ABC, Nov. 14, 2011.


Exercise Science

Scholarly journal article reporting the results of a survey done of injuries reported by female soccer players.

In depth report about injuries in college sports.


Schiff, Melissa A., et al.  “Soccer Injuries in Female Youth Players: Comparison of Injury Surveillance by Certified Athletic Trainers and Internet.” Journal of Athletic Training 45 (2010): 238-242.

Sander, Libby. An Epidemic of Injuries Plagues College Athletes. The Chronicle of Higher Education, October 9, 2011, online.


A research survey that was conducted to explore scheduling and fatigue among nurses.

An article from the Wall Street Journal about the study.


Trinkoff, Alison M., at al. “Nurses’ Work Schedule Characteristics, Nurse Staffing, and Patient Mortality.” Nursing Research 60 (2011): 1-8.

“When Nurses Catch Compassion Fatigue, Patients Suffer.” The Wall Street Journal, January 3, 2012.

Public Health

A research study showing how the brain responds to high fat foods.

A blog post about the study.


Johnson, Paul M. and Paul H. Kenny. “Dopamine D2 receptors in addiction-like reward dysfunction and compulsive eating in obese rats.” Nature Neuroscience 13 (2010): 635-641.

Greviskes, Amber. “Fast Food As Addictive As Heroin, Study Confirms.” COGIC Family Services, March 6, 2012.

Recreation, Tourism, and Sport Management

A scholarly article reporting on research on the impact of horseback riding on children with autism.

An article on a blog about research being done at an equine therapy facility.


Bass, MM, CA Duchowny, and MM Llabre. "The effect of therapeutic horseback riding on social functioning in children with autism." Journal Of Autism & Developmental Disorders 39, no. 9 (2009): 1261-1267.

“Research May Provide Support for Horse Therapy.” Animal Health Foundation Blog, December 27, 2012. 

Social Work

Scholarly research article measuring the impact of the 1990s welfare reforms.

A policy statement from the National Association of Social Workers.


H. Luke Shaefer and Marci Ybarra. “The welfare reforms of the 1990s and the stratification of material well-being among low-income households with children.” Children and Youth Services Review 34 (2012):  1810–1817.

“Welfare Reforms Have Hurt Poorest Americans.”, 9/14/2012.