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Human Development & Family Science

Understanding Information

Information is packaged and made accessible in many ways. This is called the "information landscape." Understanding the terrain of this landscape is important to conducting research. Knowing how information is packaged helps researchers locate, evaluate, and give appropriate credit (cite). The videos contained in the tabs below will give a brief introduction to just a few topics in information literacy: the information landscape, how information is produced, and why it's important to your research. 

Information Literacy Basics (Just takes 13 minutes of your time)

The following video was created by another institution. The editing is not as tight as I would like, but, of the videos I've viewed, it gives the most thorough explanation of the information landscape. (7 min long)

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The information cycle with an emphasis on scholarly versus popular information (4 min)