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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 Arts & Sciences

Major/Subject Area




A painting

Article about a painting


Vincent van Gogh’s painting  Bedroom at Arles

Heelan, Patrick A. “Toward a New Analysis of the Pictorial Space of Vincent Van Gogh.” The Art Bulletin 54, no. 4 (1972): 478-492.


A literary work.

Scholarly literary criticism of the Twilight novels, focusing on the romantic relationship between Bella Swan and Edward Cullen. 

Meyer, Stephenie. Twilight. 1st ed., New York, Little, Brown and Co., 2005.

Taylor, Anthea. "'The Urge Towards Love is an Urge Towards (un)Death': Romance, Masochistic Desire and Postfeminism in the Twilight Novels." International Journal of Cultural Studies 15, no. 1 (2012): 31-46. 

Media Studies

A campus website portal.

A research article about the effect of a mass media campaign on college students' decision to get a flu vaccine.

 Georgia Southern University.

Shropshire, Ali M., Brent-Hotchkiss, Renee, & Andrews, Urkovia K. (2013). Mass Media Campaign Impacts Influenza Vaccine Obtainment of University Students. Journal of American College Health, 61(8), 435-443.


Scholarly research linking certain types of music to juvenile delinquency.

Blog post about a study linking heavy metal music and juvenile delinquency.


Ter Bogt, T. F. (2013). “Early adolescent music preferences and minor delinquency.” Pediatrics. (Pre-press, available online.) doi: 10.1542/peds.2012-0708

New study insists listening to metal & hip-hop encourages teenage delinquency” (2013, January 23). Retrieved January 27, 2013, from



A scholarly consideration by a bio-ethicist of motivations for cheating.

An article from that talks about why athletes cheat in sports.


Kirkwood, Kenneth. “Defensive Doping: Is there a moral justification for “If you Can’t Beat ‘Em, Join ‘Em?” Journal of Sport and Social Issues 36 (2012): 223-228.

Martinez, M. “Cheating arises from desires, incentives, pressures.”, January 18, 2013.


A research study describing a study that looked at drama education and children’s conflict resolution skills.

A list of the benefits of drama education.


Catterall, James S. “Enhancing peer conflict resolution skills through drama: an experimental study.” Research in Drama Education 12, no. 2 (2007): 163-178.

"The Effects of Theatre Education." (2016). American Alliance for Theatre & Education.