Think back to assignments you've completed in other classes. The final products you created looked very different depending on your audience, process, and purpose. For instance, a poster informing your peers about the process of photosynthesis looks very different from a civics assignment to write a letter to the editor arguing for changes to the Board of Education's dress code. And a history paper analyzing primary sources from the 1960s looks different from a creative writing exercise reflecting on your personal experiences.
Published works also look different depending on the author's audience, process, and purpose. Researchers sort sources into broad "types" based on these features. You'll frequently hear your professors refer to sources as being "popular" or "scholarly" -- let's take a look at what that distinction means, and how you can use these types of sources in your COMM107 research.
Not all popular or scholarly sources are trustworthy or appropriate for your specific assignment. How do you decide whether a source is credible or relevant? Check out this worksheet for guidance on evaluating sources. If you get stuck, you can always contact a librarian for help!