Information landscape

The information landscape is changing dramatically, including the way academic information is published or communicated. Subject librarians can highlight the range of information sources available and how to choose for academic study and research, for personal interest, for career development or in the workplace.


…explore the information landscape to develop my knowledge and skills.

…identify, select and use a wide range of key sources appropriate to the discipline, from the Library and beyond.

…critically read the sources I find to determine suitability for my task.

Skills Examples
I can…

…recognise different types of information from a reading list, a list of search results or when in the library.

One at a time, display an example reference and ask students to vote on the type of resource it is.
…identify what types of information are needed to address the task at hand. In the groups get the students to look at and judge the quality of the information source on their table. Groups feedback on exercise prompted by staff: What sources do they think would be the best to use for their academic studies? Consider credibility of author, Date of publication, Bias.
…plan a strategy for addressing my information need. Planning your literature search exercise.
Awareness Examples
I am aware of… …the need to use information to fill gaps in my knowledge.
…the different types and formats of information and data that very in suitability for the task at hand. Which of the given sources are appropriate for different types and levels of research? Discussion of the characteristics of these sources.

In groups, hand out 20 laminated cards- 5 types of resources (book, webpage, journal, trade journal, newspaper) / desc. of what it is / Good for…./ Bad for… Groups must choose the correct 3 cards to go with each resource and then groups read out, explain and discuss choices in whole group. Do’s as competition, so awards gold, silver and bronze to groups who finish first.

…the fact that not all information is reliable. Ask students to read the newspaper article and discuss if they believe the content.

Compare and contrast an article from Wikipedia with one from an encyclopaedia.

…the fact that not all information is openly available and that there may be conditions of access. Ask students to add Cardiff University links in Google Scholar settings. Explain to student why they won’t get access to all results in Scholar.
…the role of professionals, such as data managers and librarians, who can advise, assist and support. All research staff and students should have an induction with their subject librarian and be provided with contact details for further support.