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Library - Information Literacy Module: Tutorial 3: Information sources: Well-researched information

Information literacy for UJ students. Start with "1 Why Information Literacy" and end with "9 Writing & Referencing"

STEP 1: Well-researched information

Source Details Example Where to find?
  • Thorough information
  • Well researched information
  • Primary and secondary information
  • Background and historical information
  • Bibliography of other sources
  • Information can be checked for accuracy
  • Published once and sometimes further additions
  • Format: Print or Electronic
  • Title: Urban pollution and health risks

Library catalogue


Academic Journals
  • In-depth information
  • Contains an abstract
  • Written in academic language
  • Aimed at the academic community
  • Articles written by experts in their study fields 
  • Peer-reviewed
  • Charts and graphs
  • Recent research on a topic
  • Bibliographies of other sources
  • Information can be checked for accuracy
  • Credentials of author/researchers are provided
  • Published in volumes and issues
  • Available in print or in an electronic journal database
  • Journal of Library and Information Science
  • Journal of American Psychology
  • Harvard Medical Journal


Library catalogue and databases

  • Connected group of pages on the World Wide Web
  • Organisational information (.org)
  • Commercial information (.com)
  • Educational information (.edu)
  • Individual information
  • Company information
  • Social media
  • Information cannot always be verified or checked for accuracy
  • Textual information
  • Visual information
  • Multimedia
  • Interactive
  • Information is devoted to a single topic or several closely related topics
  • Message boards
  • Social Media sites
  • Academic journals (etc)
World Wide Web