Source vs. Resource

A source is defined as a point of origin. A flow of water, a flow of information, and a flow of procured goods all emanate from a source. A source can be a person, place, or document.

Source can be used as a verb, too. To source something means to specify the origin of something. For example, you can source a certain kind of filter for a certain brand of equipment.

A resource is defined as a source of supply or support, or a source of information or expertise. When talking about wealth, the term is usually plural, such as natural resources.


She is a valuable resource for information about Houston, as she has lived here 30 years.

He clearly doesn’t have the resources to support a wife and family yet.

Resource is not used as a verb. The adjective “resourceful” means “capable of devising ways and means to meet various situations.”

Funny Typo of the Day:

… as shown in the flowing figure.

(should be “following”)


Profound Quote of the Day
“My favorite things in life don’t cost any money. It’s really clear that the most precious resource we all have is time.”

– Steve Jobs, the late CEO of Apple, 1955-2011


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