We use the term information life cycle to describe the circulation of information and media coverage of a newsworthy event. Considering the information cycle can help you determine what kind of information you are likely to find about your topic.
See the example timeline of coverage of the shooting of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri.
The Day of an Event: Television & Social Media
The Day After an Event: Newspapers
The Week or Weeks After an Event: Weekly Popular Magazines and New Magazines
Six Months to a Year or More After an Event: Academic, Scholarly Journals
A Year to Years After an Event: Books
A Year to Years After an Event: Government Reports
CU Libraries has both scholarly and popular books. Use the OneSearch box below, and the Prospector and WorldCat links to search for books.
Think about the types of sources that report on current events and controversial topics.
Think about how and where opinions are usually expressed in publications.
Don't use the words 'pro/con' when you search.
Instead, try search terms like:
AND link words by AND to search for all words in the same resource
OR link words by OR to search for one word or another (instead of both/all words)
NOT to eliminate results with a certain term
“Quotations” – add quotations to a group of two or more words to search for the exact phrase