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Types of Information Formats

Think about the type of information you need?                  Do you want -

History & overview - books, encyclopedias, archival materials

Scholarly & academic - peer-reviewed journal articles, theses & dissertations, conference proceedings

Technical data - specifiations, standards, buidling codes, patents, datasets

Government data or statistics- municipal codes, federal & local government data



    Before you begin your search, it helps to understand when & how information is published

    Timeline Where reported/published
    Day of event Internet, Television, Radio
    Next day of event Newspapers
    Several weeks later Magazines/Trade Journals
    6 months - 1 year Scholarly Journals
    1 - 2 years later Books, Government reports
    Several years later Theses/Dissertations, Bibliography

      How Information is Organized

      First put your topic in "context"   Where does it fit into the scheme of knowledge (Social Sciences, Humanities, Applied Sciences)   What is the main subject area or discipline or is it mutidisplinary?   See examples below.

       TOPIC                                      ACADEMIC DISCIPLINE                         TYPE OF INFORMATION

      Frank Lloyd Wright Architecture                Images, Drawings, Books, Articles                 
      Ergonomic chair Industrial Design Images, Design Sketches, Patents
      Smart construction practices Construction (Architecture) BIM, Specs & Standards, Building Codes, Articles
      Community playgrounds Planning (Public Health/Architecture) City codes, Drawings, Articles
      Fun Theory (Space & behavior) Psychology (ID/Architecture) Images, Sketches/Drawings, Articles
      Bicycle networks Planning (Architecture) City codes, Transportation plans, GIS/Maps
      Presidential election trends Political Science Government Info, Datasets, Think Tank Reports
      Car engine design Mechanical Engineering Patents, Specs/Standards, Drawings
      Jane Austen Literature Archival Materials, Books, Articles
      Business cycle Economics Datasets, Government Info, Articles



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