Use this chart to identify what type of information you need, and what type of resource is most likely to provide this information, and suit your style of learning.

Starter Questions for Background Information

Information Needed:

  • General Overview
  • Quick Facts
  • Background Information
  • Terms and Definitions
  • Historical Perspective
  • Statistics
  • Maps

Most Appropriate Resources:

  • Dictionaries, Atlases (print or online)
  • General Reference (print or online)
    • Grolier Online (Virtual Library)
    • School library print encyclopedias
  • Specialized Reference
    • Subject-specific reference texts
  • Newspaper Articles (Virtual Library)
    • CPI.Q
    • Canadian Student Research Center
    • General Reference Center Gold
    • Academic OneFile
    • Canadian Points of View
    • Global Issues in Context
  • Audio / Video
    • Grolier Online (Virtual Library)
    • Global Issues in Context
    • Quality Website (e.g., CBC Archives)

Deeper Questions

Information Needed:

  • Primary Sources
  • In-Depth Coverage
  • Expert Information
  • Expert Opinion
  • Current Information
  • Current Expert Research
  • Differing Perspectives

Most Appropriate Resources:

  • Magazine Articles (Virtual Library)
    • CPI.Q
    • Canadian Student Research Center
    • General Reference Center Gold
    • Academic OneFile
    • Canadian Points of View
    • Global Issues in Context
  • Quality Websites: Use links from:
    • Grolier Online
    • Global Issues in Context
    • School Library Websites
  • Community Resources
  • Non-Fiction Books
  • Scholarly Journal Articles (Virtual Library)
    • CPI.Q
    • Canadian Student Research Center
    • Academic One-File
    • Canadian Points of View
    • Global Issues in Context

Research KNR Chart

Research KNR Chart

  1. What do I Know about the topic?
  2. What do I Need to know about the topic?
  3. What Resources should I use to get the information that I need?

This chart helps you to match your research needs with the types of resources that will help you the best.

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