Part 2. Recognize Types of Information

Key Takeaway

Information creation is a process that results in a variety of formats and delivery modes, each having a different value in a given context.

Learning Objectives

By the end of this module, you should be able to:

  • Identify the various information types in order to match a research need with an appropriate source
  • Describe the process of peer review in order to select quality sources for your research

Navigation: How to move around this tutorial

This module should take roughly 15 minutes to complete.

Use the arrows at the bottom of each page to move forward and backward through the modules. Or, use the Contents menu in the top left hand corner to go to a particular section.



Once you have your research question, you will need to locate the information sources appropriate to your question and the requirements of your assignment. Taking a minute to understand how information is created and delivered through a variety of formats will help you in selecting the best sources.

With so many sources available, the question is usually not whether sources exist for your project, but which ones will best meet your information needs.



Pile of books and magazines
Figure 2.1 Information overload. Image by Pixabay.


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