Wednesday, 17 July 2013

Information Literacy by Xun kexin (Research Specialist)

A. What is the difference between Primary and Secondary types of information? When are they useful to us?
The difference between Primary and Secondary types of information is that primary sources original, uninterpreted information and they are unedited, firsthand access to words, images, or objects created by persons directly involved in an activity or event or speaking directly for a group whereas Secondary sources interpret, analyse, or summarise.Commentary upon, or analysis of, events, ideas, or primary sources and  because they are often written significantly after events by parties not directly involved but who have special expertise, they may provide historical context or critical perspectives.
Primary sources can serve as physical evidence or eyewitness testimony and may be the most accurate in court.
Secondary sources will be a final summary or jury discussion in court trails.

B.What is the difference between Popular and Scholarly types of information? When are they useful to us?

The difference between Popular and Scholar is that Popular information  are publications that inform and entertain the general public whereas scholarly information are publications  that disseminate research and academic discussion among professionals within disciplines. 
The Popular information is useful to us to inform us the latest news that happened around the world.
The Scholarly information is useful to us as a reference  when we need to disseminate research and for academic discussion among professionals.


 C.What are the different formats of information?

The different formats of information are Printed,Digital,Audio/Video,Multimedia,Microform and lastly Human.

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