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Information Sources

Module One: The World of Information

Information Literacy Tutorial Main Menu

Newspapers newspaper

  • Are published every day
  • Contain summaries and commentary on local, national, and international news.
  • Expect a time lag of a day or so for print newspapers to catch up to recent events.
  • Staff writers write some articles contained in the paper, but a large amount of newpaper articles come from large news agencies.

Books book

  • Books will often have a significant time lag between an event and the publication of books about that event.
  • Assess the appropriateness of books for your subject.
  • Encyclopedias are good for background information and basic facts.
  • Be aware of scholarly books, which often contain essays consisting of research or criticism.
  • There are many different types of books. Ask your librarian for help in choosing the right one.
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