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Library - Information Literacy Module: Tutorial 4: Information sources: Historical information

Information literacy for UJ students. Start with "1 Why Information Literacy" and end with "9 Writing & Referencing"

STEP 1: Historical information

Source Details Example Where to find?
  • Thorough information
  • Well researched information
  • Primary and secondary information
  • Background and historical information
  • Bibliography of other sources
  • Information can be checked for accuracy
  • Published once and sometimes further additions
  • Format: Print or Electronic
  • Title: Urban pollution and health risks

Library catalogue


  • A reference book giving information on general topics or specific topics.
  • Information is comprehensive and authoritative
  • Contains factual information
  • Contains illustrations
  • Format: Print or electronic
  • Useful for historical information


  • Encyclopaedia Britannica
  • Oxford Illustrated


  • Encyclopedia of Religion
  • Encyclopedia of Sociology

Library catalogue

Encyclopaedias are reference material and not available for loan
unless it is in electronic format.