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Research in the Library: Starting your research


Technology has dramatically changed library research in less than a decade.

Where do you find information?

Data continuum

When deciding the best resources to use, consider the information timeline.  When an noteworthy event occurs, it will appear online (web-based news, twitter, facebook, etc.) and on the radio and television news.  The next day, it will appear in print newspapers.  Over the next week or so, it will be mentioned in print magazines.  Several weeks or months later, scholarly journal articles may cover this topic.  Many months or even years later, the event will be in printed books.  Several years after that, it will appear in print reference books.

Information Timeline