Module 1:Knowing your informationWhere information is stored
Searching the library resources
Evaluation Guide
Pathway to best informationConcept mapping and keywordsJoining search terms
Key academic sourcesScholarly vs Popular journal sourcesPeer reviewPrimary, secondary, tertiary sources
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What will you learn in this module?

This module "Knowing your information" covers the principal types of information sources including:

  • Key academic sources
  • Scholarly and peer review sources
  • Primary sources
  • Secondary sources
  • Tertiary sources

Watch the short videos and read the content to make sure you "know your information".


Information cycle

Information is available in a wide range of formats. For example, many books, journals and magazines, and newspapers are available in print, online via the internet, electronically by subscription or on microform.

The Information Cycle covers the creation, storage/distribution and end use of information. It has a formal structure and relationship between writers/authors, publishers and libraries.

The Information Cycle by Nancy Bellafante on Prezi


Why can't I just Google?

Information is everywhere!   It’s just so easy to Google and use something that looks relevant…so why can’t you just Google?

Why can't I just Google? by Library La Trobe University



Watch the creation of information in this video

Although this video is a little lengthy (12.29 mins) it shows real life creation of information and how this is captured in different formats.

The Information Cycle by University of Washington Libraries



Authorative information

Authoritative information is trusted as accurate and reliable [1]. University assignments require you to use authoritative information from academic literature such as scholarly books and journal articles, conference papers, government reports and other credible internet sources. Some scholarly literature is peer-reviewed - also known as refereed.

The diagram below shows the Scholarly Research Cycle.

research cycle

1] Authoritative. (2010). In A. Stevenson (Ed.), Oxford dictionary of English. Retrieved from


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