What is information?

What is information?

Information is knowledge about a particular subject, issue, event or process. Information can be obtained from various sources: you can be told information, for example through a lecture or a television programme, or you can find information through your own research.

Information is essential to finding your route to university in the morning, writing an essay, getting the right ingredients for a recipe, conducting an experiment, renting a flat, filling in a job application form, exam revision and for many, many other everyday and not-so-everyday tasks.

For each task you need a different type of information, and to find the most useful and relevant information you have to understand:

  • what information is
  • why you need the information
  • what are the different types of information available
  • where to look for information


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