Many people think they know what information is, but do we really? In the book Research Strategies by Badke he informs us what information really is. Information is something that is reliable, something that is up to date and current, and finally something that is relevant to the research. Of course not everything that we read is true, so Badke teaches us how to find appropriate information. Before computers and the web was created information was passed down to each generation orally. Later on, the information was given to the gatekeeper to be approved and then publish and print the information. Lastly came the web which allowed people to publish with out the gatekeepers approval. Of course with every good comes bad, with the information being passed down orally it was limited. With the information being published gatekeepers limit what is published and finally, with the web information is not limited but is that a good thing? Now people can publish anything and you as the researcher have to be careful and check whether this information is true or not.
In chapter 8 in the book Research Strategies, Badke explains to us how to read only what’s necessary in the book or journal article. So how do you find what’s necessary for you? Well you start off by reading the title, table of contents, index, and just skim through the text to see if the information is relevant. After you find the information that you need, you read the book or journal article thoroughly and take notes or summarize what is needed.