Characteristics of Information

Information comes in all shapes and sizes. Knowing some of its characteristics will help you better identify your information need and evaluate what you are receiving.
  • Do you need a quick fact or a critical analysis?
  • Would you like unbiased information or someone's opinion?
  • Would current information answer your question, or do you need historical information?
Where you search and find your information will depend on what type of information you need.

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