University of Central Florida Libraries - The Information Cycle
Current events go through different information phases throughout the years.
An Event Occurs
Sources: Newspaper/Websites/Social Media
Action: Event is reported.
Action: Events and aftermath analyzed.
Action: Event analyzed and more fully examined.
References: Included (based on writings from the preceding month and/or writing that links the event to a broader context)
Action: Event analyzed, examined, explored, refined, and contextualized.
References: Included (based on previous year’s writing and analysis will be more specific to the actual event)
Next Few Years
Sources: Reference and Government publications
Action: Event fully "percolated" and authenticated
References: Included (based on several years' worth of writings and will be extermely specialized to the event)
Source: Hunt, Fiona, and Jane Birks. More Hands-On
Information Literacy Activities. New York: Neal-Schuman, 2008. 120. Print.