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Scholarship is a Conversation -- Join in!

MoBot imageScholarship as a conversation refers to the idea of sustained discourse within a community of scholars or thinkers, with new insights and discoveries occurring over time as a result of competing perspectives and interpretations.

(from the ACRL;s Framework for Information Literacy for Higher Education)

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The Information Pyramid

The Information Pyramid

To get a better idea of what kind of sources to use in your research, you can think of different types of sources and the information they provide as a pyramid.

By themselves, the individual blocks that make up a pyramid aren't very exciting, but together the result is an awesome structure. Likewise, one source is not enough to write a strong paper, but you can write a solid paper by synthesizing information gathered from a variety of sources.


Start at the Base

Start at the Base

Just like the lower levels of a pyramid require the most stone blocks, the sources that have the most detailed information are at the bottom of the Information Pyramid.

Scholarly articles and books take the longest to read but are the most detailed, while magazines, newspapers, television programs, and online sources are the fastest to read but often contain less specific information and a more general overview.

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