Most library databases and research tools will identify the source type for you. You just need to know where to look. Two things to keep in mind:

  • The databases rely on information from the publishers to identify the source type. This information is not always accurate.
  • There is no consistent vocabulary used to describe source types. The example below shows you where to look in one tool. When you find yourself in another database - look for something similar, but don't be suprised if the terms and the icons are not the same.

How to identify a source type in 1Search

  1. Do a search and examine your results.
  2. The source type will be identified on the left side of the entry.

1Search Article icon


1Search uses icons and other visual cues so that you can quickly scan for source types.  Be aware that:

If 1Search has access to the actual book or journal cover, it will use that image instead of a generic icon.

Print Book
1Search book icon
Ebook1Search ebook icon
Journal article1Search article icon
Magazine article1Search article icon
Newspaper article1Search newspaper icon
Video recording1Search video icon
Conference proceeding/paper1Search conference proceeding icon