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Challenge Library Guide for English: Search for Information

The Information Cycle

When an important event occurs, information covering the event is produced in stages. Starting with the first eyewitness report on the scene and continuing through various media and formats, this process is called the information cycle. Understanding it can help you evaluate sources based on where they fit in the process. Watch a 2-minute video that illustrates this idea using Hurricane Katrina as an example.