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ENGL 401 - First Year Writing (UNH Manchester): Information Timeline

Publication Timeline Lesson


  1. Open the module with an overview of the library guide, emphasizing the importance of information literacy.
  2. Briefly discuss the relevance of identifying and refining information needs in academic and real-world contexts.

Information Types Conversation

  1. Discuss the various types of information formats.
  2. Share insights on how different information formats serve distinct purposes and audiences.

Publication Timeline Video

  1. Watch the "Publication Timeline" video
  2. Discuss key takeaways from the video and its implications for understanding the evolution of information over time.

Activity: Creating a Timeline of Information Sources

  1. Provide an overview of the activity
  2. Event: Miracle on the Hudson
  3. Divide into small groups and distribute the source type list.
  4. Students create a timeline using the provided sources, guessing the type of each source.
  5. Collaborative discussion within groups is encouraged

Wrap-up Questions

  1. Group then class discussion based on the following questions:
    • What is the difference between the information at the start of the timeline and the information at the end?
    • At what point does information become accurate?
    • When do we begin to see disciplinary knowledge/lenses applied to the issues?
    • Which sources displayed would be useful as primary sources?


  1. Summarize key insights from the activity.
  2. Reinforce the importance of recognizing diverse information formats for academic success and informed decision-making.

By the end of this module, students should have a deeper understanding of information literacy, the evolution of information over time, and the significance of various information formats in academic and professional settings.