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Learn about different types of information and information sources!

in·for·ma·tion

1. Knowledge derived from study, experience, or instruction.

2. Knowledge of specific events or situations that has been gathered or received by communication; intelligence or news.

3. A collection of facts or data: statistical information.

4. The act of informing or the condition of being informed; communication of knowledge.

5. Processed, stored, or transmitted data.

6. A numerical measure of the uncertainty of an experimental outcome.

7. A formal accusation of a crime made by a public officer rather than by grand jury indictment.


 ~ From TheFreeDictionary

Introduction

Understanding the different types of information and information sources will help you with your research.  It seems fairly basic; however if you know what you're looking for, you'll know which resources to use.  This is all part of something called information literacy.  You need to be able to recognize your information needs before you can begin locating, evaluating and using the information you find effectively.

Click on the links to learn more about information:

Types of Information

Factual

Analytical

Subjective

Objective

Information Sources

Primary

Secondary

Tertiary

There is also peer-reviewed, or scholarly, information.  Many of the above catagories fall into scholarly information.  To learn more about scholarly materials versus general materials, visit our How to Tell Scholarly Journals guide.