There is a lot of stuff online and a lot of different types of information sources. This guide highlighted some of the main types of sources you may find when searching for information. However, as we know, there are a lot of other types of sources you may find online.
Some, like videos and photographs, are easy to identify. Others are harder.
This page describes a few types of sources that you may find, especially when researching on the open web.
Many government documents are available online on various government websites. If created by the Federal Government, the document is in the public domain, which means it is not under copyright.
Please see our LibGuide on Government Resources for more information.
There are a number of sites online that collect student papers. You should probably not use these as sources for your research paper. And, it goes without saying (but I'll say it anyway), never turn in one of these papers as your own; that's plagiarism and cheating.
Lecture Notes, Outlines, & Slides
Many professors post their lecture notes, outlines, and presentation slides online. If these sources are available on the open web, you may find them in your results list.
Some instructors, including those from the K-12 grades, along with various educational organizations post lesson plans online.