Welcome to this section where we will delve into the concept of information needs and the reasons why we seek them.
By the end of this section, you will be able to:
The first step is to identify the information need. This step involves understanding and clarifying what information or knowledge you are seeking to find. It is crucial to define your information need clearly to ensure that your search efforts are focused and effective.
If you are unsure about an assignment or project that you have been given, it may help you to speak to your lecturer or academic adviser.
There are various types of information needs that individuals may have depending on their requirements. Here are a few common types of information needs:
An important part of identifying your information need for an assignment is being able to unpick exactly what you are being asked to do. Academic terms used in the assignment question - such as “contrast”, “describe”, or “evaluate” - can indicate the approach you should take. This glossary lists assignment terms and defines what they are asking you to do.