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College Writing: Information Cycle

This guide was created to help you learn the steps to successful academic research.

Getting Started

What is the difference between a blog and a book? Why does your history teacher prefer the academic Journal of American History to the popular magazine People?  Understand how information sources differ in terms of authority, timeliness, accessibility, and changeability. View the video to find out more about the role blogs, books, journals, websites, and databases play in the Information Cycle of a news event. 

The Information Cycle from The University of Illinois Libraries

Examples of Primary and Secondary Sources