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LIS2004 Research Strategies for College Students | Prof. Machado Dillon

This guide contains resources for students of Prof. Machado Dillon's LIS2004 course.
Introduction

Learning Outcomes

After completing this module you will be able to:

  • Explain the Information Cycle Timeline
  • Recognize the creation process and the limitations of information, examining each story for timeliness and context

Information Literacy Competencies

You will apply and learn about information literacy competencies while completing this learning module.

  • The primary competency related to this module is Information Creation As Process
  • The primary knowledge practice is to articulate the capabilities and constraints of information developed through various creation processes
The Information Cycle

The Information Cycle, also known as the Information Timeline, is the progression of information created about a particular event or report.

When an event or something newsworthy happens, information about the event goes through a sequence of changes where it transforms into different types of information as the facts are revealed, researched and discussed.


Why Does it Matter?

The Information Cycle Timeline Helps To:

  • Explore what materials are available about an event or topic at a particular point in the cycle.
  • Develop an effective search strategy for finding sources and better evaluate the sources you will find.

The Information Cycle at a Glance:The Information Cycle

An Event Occurs

Minutes 

  • First reporters includes anybody watching and posting to Social Media

Hours 

  • Television News

  • Blogs

  • YouTube

​Days 

  • Newspapers

  • Online Magazines

  • In-Depth News Shows

Weeks 

  • Print Magazines

  • Popular Periodicals

 

Months 

  • Popular books

  • First person reports

  • Websites

  • Non-peer reviewed journal articles

Years 

  • Scholarly, peer reviewed articles

  • Analysis

  • Scholarly Books

Scholarly Research and Analysis

Explore the Information Cycle: The Information Cycle is the progression of media coverage of a newsworthy event.
Within minutes and hours of the event - First reporters include anybody watching and posting to social media.
The same day - Television News, Blogs, YouTube
Next day and the following week - Newspapers, Online magazines, and in-depth news shows
In the weeks that follow - print magazines, popular periodicals
Six months to a year - popular books, first person reports, websites, non-peer reviewed journal articles.
A year to three years and later - scholarly, peer reviewed articles, analysis and scholarly books.
Things to Consider
  • The Information Cycle/Timeline is not linear.

  • Information does not always come from an event. It may come from a published research article or report that is later picked up by the news or popular media, thus becoming a popular news item or story.

Science - scholarly journal Fox News Science
Review

In this module, you have learned how to:

  1. Explain the Information Cycle Timeline
  2. Recognize the creation process and the limitations of information, examining each story for timeliness and context