What is the difference between 'source' and 'resource'?

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thanks in advance

asked Mar 21 '11 at 21:41 coraliecinq New member

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According to Concise Oxford English Dictionary, "source" is:

"1.  a place, person, or thing from which something originates.   2.  a person who provides information."   In turn, resource is usually used in plural and presumes an asset, material, person or capital which might be used for accomplishing certain goal.  

link comment answered Mar 23 '11 at 12:37 li hao New member
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I think ''source'' is a general word: a group of defined components in a certain field that people take materials from, whether supply were theoritical or practical, while ''resource'' is a group of defined components in a certain field, but only in scholar, educational, theoritical way We can describe oil wells as sources, but, when talking about materialistic references like a college textbook we go to ''resource''. I'm not certain anyway, wating for other opinions,

link comment answered Jul 06 '14 at 10:56 Mohammad Jamal Shaaban New member
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When we speak about a 'source', our focus is on where we obtain something. What can be obtained from that source can be good or bad. When we speak of something being a 'resource', implicit in our use of the word is that what we obtain from that 'source/resource' is something good, or at least what we consider to be good and of value.

link comment answered Jul 18 at 07:12 David Robertson New member

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