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Research Process: Information Cycle

Guidelines for a successful research experience. Adapted from the Copley Library Guide,


Getting Started:

What is the difference between a blog and a book?  

Why does your history teacher prefer the academic Journal of American History to the popular magazine People?  

Understanding how information sources differ in terms of authority, timeliness, accessibility, and changeability will help you to determine the correct information sources for your research project.  View the video to find out more about the role blogs, books, journals, websites, and databases play in the Information Cycle of a news event.  

Information Cycle Handout

The Information Cycle - Video

Watch the video The Information Cycle from The University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign Libraries.