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Information Cycle   Tags: information cycle, information_literacy, research_methods  

In this tutorial you will learn how news events become various types of information as time progresses.
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Why Reference Sources?

Reference sources can provide you with valuable information such as:
  • Background information
  • Important figures
  • Dates, places, and people
  • Definitions and key terms
  • Lists of additional sources (articles, books, etc.)
They are an excellent way to begin your research by allowing you to become familiar with the topic in preparation to choose the best articles, books, and additional resources. 

  An Event Occurs...

Day Of
Source: Newspaper/Internet
Action: Event is reported.
References: None
Next Week
Source: Magazine
Action: Events and aftermath analyzed.
References: Unlikely
Next Month
Source: Journal
Action: Event analyzed and more fully examined.
References: Included (based on writings from the preceding month and/or writing that links the event to a broader context)
Next Year
Source: Book
Action: Event analyzed, examined, explored, refined, and contextualized.
References: Included (based on previous year’s writing and analysis will be more specific to the actual event)
Next Few Years
Source: Reference and Government publications
Action: Event fully "percolated" and authenticated
References: Included (based on several years' worth of writings and will be extermely specialized to the event)
Hunt, Fiona, and Jane Birks. More Hands-On Information Literacy Activities.
New York: Neal-Schuman, 2008. 120. Print.

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