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World History | C. Edler

Information Seeking: Different People, Different Needs

Topic: The Flu

Think about the following people who need information about the flu:

  • Person who has the flu
  • Parent of boarding school student who wants to text their child every hour or so about how to avoid the flu
  • Nurse in the health center treating students with the flu
  • Newspaper reporter writing about this flu season in Franklin County
  • Infectious disease researcher working on developing a more effective flu vaccine
  • Student writing a biology paper on the flu

What questions might each of these people have about the flu?
Where might they start their information search?

Think about each of the following criteria and how they might differ for different information-seekers:

  • Purpose: How and why the source was created.
  • Relevance: The value of the source for your needs.
  • Objectivity: The reasonableness and completeness of the information.
  • Verifiability: The accuracy and truthfulness of the information.
  • Expertise: The authority of the creators of the source.
  • Newness: The age of the information.