You have been assigned a research paper. Where do you begin your search for information? When is a book the best source of information? When is a newspaper or academic journal article the best option? This guide will help you determine the best information source(s) for your needs.
The information cycle is the progression of media coverage of a newsworthy event. Understanding it can help you determine what kind of information you are likely to find about your topic.
Knowing what type of information you need will help you decide which sources to use. There are four types of information:
(Dean B. Ellis Library, 2017)