What are you looking for?
Books, magazines, newspapers, even websites are all common types of information sources. But, as our digital world expands, so do they types of information available to you. Each offers unique advantages (and challenges) to the information seeker. Use this guide to help you locate and analyze these new or alternative types of information.
The blog, a word derived from the compound word web-logs, initially presented as private or public online diaries and many educators distrust them for these reasons. However, over the past 10 years, the platform has evolved to include more than personal commentary. Many newspapers and experts use the blogging platform to present important and credible information.
When people think of ebooks, they often envision e-readers (Kindles, Nooks, etc.). But, while there are a few electronic only titles, most ebooks are simply electronic versions of the same books that are offered in print. Readable online or via most computers and devices, what sets these sources apart from their print counterparts is the easy searchability.
Informational graphics is currently the fastest growing field of journalism and information design. Through these sources, information can not only be presented but also analyzed in a much briefer, more easily read format. In an information saturated world, these visuals have the power to clarify our understanding.
Podcasts originated as individually produced online "radio" and "television" shows. Today, however, they include sources produced by professional information producers, as well as sources previously (or simultaneously) available via broadcast or distribution (DVD, Blueray) mediums. Audio and video sources appeal to those among us who learn better in this way. With the web, access to reliable informational audio and video sources continues to grow.
Guide created L.Cowell, 2014