In doing preliminary research on your topic, you probably have identified some key events or actions that have taken place that give shape to your topic. Perhaps some law was passed. Or maybe some controversy occurred. For some topics, you may be able to point to a particular event that was widely reported in the news.
For every event or action that you identify surrounding your topic, you should think about the information timeline of how that event is discussed. This may help you think about who is talking about your topic, when they are talking about it, who the intended audience may be, and what you need to look out for when considering how to use this information yourself.
"Information Timeline Graphic" by adstarkel. Used under CC BY-NC-SA 2.0
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