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Information Evaluation: Information Timeline

Before choosing a source for your research paper, it must be evaluated. Here are some tools to help you understand different types of sources and how to evaluate them.

Information Timeline

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Good illustrations of the Information Cycle:

  • Hurricane Katrina - As time passed and more information was gathered, public opinons about the response to Hurricane Katrina definitely changed. 
  • Boston Marathon Bombing - The information changed a lot as it was first released - the number of those injured or killed, the number and names of the suspects. At one point, four innocent people were accused of being suspects.
  • Celebrity Deaths - Though it deals with a sad subject, the process of breaking stories about celebrity deaths nearly always exemplifies the information cycle.

Learn more: The Information Cycle (Portland State University Library)

Learn more: The Information Cycle (Kimbel Library)

Learn more: The Information Cycle (Joshua Vossler)

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