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Topics in World History: Information Cycle

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