Understanding Information

Feel confident in your understanding about the vast range of information sources available to you, and where to start in your academic research.

The Information Cycle VIDEO

When students don’t understand the information cycle, they can waste time searching for information in the wrong places. This short video describes this issue clearly, using the example of the Iranian election in 2009. Produced by UCF Libraries, US. Video is 3:24 min. Resource U100.

The Information Life Cycle VIDEO

This short video discusses the different stages that information will become available, using the amusing topic of an alien invasion. Researchers need to understand when to expect that formats such as journals or books may be available after an event. Produced by UNLV University Libraries, US. Video is 2:33 min. Resource U101.

The Information Timeline HANDOUT

A visual outline of the information cycle – key to understanding when information may be available, and who are likely to be the authors. Who publishes information, and when, can affect the authority and credibility of the information. Resource: U102 Download: Information Timeline HANDOUT

Popular and Scholarly Sources VIDEO

A clear video describing what popular and scholarly articles are, and when each of them is good to use. Students will be able to recognize the different types of information in these sources. Produced by the College of San Mateo, US. Video is 5:20 min. Resource U103.

iFOOZ Interactive WEBSITE

For students new to academic research in higher education, this excellent resource works through the Big6 – how to plan for and accomplish a research assignment. Simple topic example used of an assignment about a country of your choice. This interactive resource includes information (UAE HCT examples, language and culturally appropriate, carton format so minimal words), then quiz to test knowledge, ...

Research it right! WEBSITE

This an interactive tutorial to help students understand and work through the academic research process. Includes broader and narrower topics, finding and evaluating resources, and citing your sources. Some screens relevant to Vaughan Library only, but good outline of the process. Produced by Vaughan Memorial Library, Canada. Tutorial is about 10 min. Resource U201. LINK TO: http://library.acadiau.ca/tutorials/research/

Big6 Research Model VIDEO

A quick and easy introduction to the Big6 Research Model – breaking a research assignment down into blocks which are easier to tick off! See also U200 for a practical tutorial to get to know the Big6 – learning how to produce excellent research. Video is 2:07 min. Resource U202.

Big6 Research Model PPT

This is a short cartoon-based PPT easy to introduce the Big6 research model to students. Resource U203. DOWNLOAD: Big6 Research Model

General introduction to HCT Libraries VIDEO

This is a quick video introduction to all HCT libraries – welcome to the information hub of the colleges.  Video is 1:17 min.  Resource #U10. Download:  General Introduction to HCT Libraries