Before you begin your research, it is important to consider the different types of information sources that are out there. The more you know about them, the easier it will be to determine which type(s) of information will be best for a particular project.
Newspapers can provide local, national, and international coverage about current events or topics.
Magazines are useful for finding information on popular topics or for entertainment and are aimed towards general readers.
Articles in professional or trade journals are aimed towards professionals in a particular industry, and the articles focus on topics related to that industry.
Articles in scholarly or academic journals are written by scholars or subject experts and are usually research-based. The articles often go through a peer-review process that ensures their reliability.
Books are long-format resources that can provide comprehensive information on all sorts of topics.
Internet sources are convenient for finding background information on unfamiliar topics.
The information cycle refers to how information evolves over time, particularly in terms of media coverage of an event or subject. Familiarity with the information cycle can aid in identifying the type of information that can be expected on a given topic.
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