Basics

Introduction

The information world can be viewed from many different, overlapping points-of-view. For example, common concepts like fiction and non-fiction or speech and writing divide information into broad categories that can be helpful in understanding and organizing it. We start by looking at 3 of these points-of-view as a context for doing research.

Objectives

• Gain a basic understanding of the Internet
• Distinguish scholarly from popular communication
• Distinguish primary from secondary information sources

Library Learning Outcomes

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After this module, the student should be able to:

2b. Understand the characteristics and value of different types of resources (books, periodicals, Web sites) and their different formats (print, electronic).
2c. Understand the characteristics and value of primary, secondary, and tertiary sources.