The Information Cycle
A central aspect of research is situating sources in "the information cycle." This means understanding the timeliness of a resource: Is it a news report that comes out the day of or day after an event? A magazine article or feature story, which has allowed the writer more time to research and reflect, and was published out weeks after an event? Or a longer piece that allows for more reflection on events and makes a more extended argument, like a book or documentary? The video below explains the information cycle.