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Research 101

Information Cycles

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This unit will help you to understand how information is produced and how information about a topic or event changes over time.


  • Acquire a basic understanding of information production and distribution
  • Identify differences among information source types

Library Learning Outcomes

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After this module, the student should be able to:

  • 2b. Understand the characteristics and value of different types of resources (books, periodicals, Web sites) and their different formats (print, electronic).
  • 3c. Use the components of a citation to choose those sources most suitable for the research project.
  • 4b. Understand the different ways that resources are organized.
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