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


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asked Mar 21 '11 at 21:41 coraliecinq Contributor

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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 Contributor

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

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 '15 at 07:12 David Robertson New member

Source = rootResource = tool, resort Check the source of the problem.Use human resources to help you solve the problem

link comment answered Oct 21 '15 at 20:47 Eli Yahalom yahalom@yahoo.com New member

lol i dont know, i came here for the answer

link comment answered Nov 03 '16 at 09:40 Matthew Turton New member

minerals , forests, land,water,etc are resources for a country. when you earn money eg shop, factory,service this is your source of income.

link comment answered Apr 01 at 17:06 Khan Hayat New member

both are same, only words are different :p

link comment answered May 17 '16 at 20:01 sejweula New member

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