The information cycle refers to the creation of different types of information resources over time. Usually, the term is referring to a specific current or newsworthy event and the information created as a result of that event. However, it can apply to all research topics. Resources that offer an in-depth exploration or analysis of a topic (ex: scholarly journal articles, full length books) take a longer period of time to be produced than news or magazine articles. Some information has less editorial oversight than other types. When looking for information sources, a student needs to find a variety of information types.