Recognizing that information is published according to a media timeline can be an important factor in research. Newly discovered information won't be in printed book format or scholarly/professional journals for quite a while.
The day of an event: information is found on the radio, television, Internet.
In a few days: information is found on the radio, television, Internet, and in newspapers (begin to use article databases).
In a few weeks: information is found on radio, television, Internet, in newspapers, and in weekly magazines (update citations from article databases).
The months after: add trade magazines and scholarly journals to the list of information sources (citations from article databases can be limited to peer-reviewed/refereed publications).
A year and beyond after: in-depth analysis in scholarly journals, books, and conference proceedings are appearing (citations in library catalogs can be added to the article listings).
Adapted from material prepared by Maggie Drown
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