What will you learn in this module?
This module 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".
Then test your knowledge with a quick quiz!
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.
Click on the diagram below and then to see an interactive overview of the creation of information for a specifc event in history.
Used with kind permission from the University of Waikato Library http://www.waikato.ac.nz/library/study/wise/infoCycle/index3.shtml
Watch the creation of information in this video
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?
Authoritative information is trusted as accurate and reliable . 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.
Click on diagram below and then to view the Scholarly Research Cycle.
1] Authoritative. (2010). In A. Stevenson (Ed.), Oxford dictionary of English. Retrieved from http://0-www.oxfordreference.com.alpha2.latrobe.edu.au/views/ENTRY.html?subview=Main&entry=t140.e0049870