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Understanding Information and Information Sources: Home

Learn about different types of information and information sources as well as how information flows!

Introduction

Knowing what type of information you need will help you figure out what type of resources you need BEFORE starting your research. This is all part of something called information literacy. Recognizing your information needs before you start searching will save you both time and frustration.  

Here's the main types of information:
 

Types of Information

Factual

Analytical

Subjective

Objective

          

Information Sources

Primary

Secondary

 

 

 
It is also important to understand how information flows in the information cycle. This is how long it takes information to appear in different resources (web, articles, books, etc). Knowing where you are in the information cycle will help you pick the right type of resource the first time.