Inform Your Thinking: Episode 3 – Information Has Value

Inform Your Thinking: Episode 3 – Information Has Value


Welcome to Inform Your Thinking. Today we’re going to discuss why the information you use has value. Let’s get started *music* Now imagine you’re at a party and
you’re telling a group of friends a joke and as soon as you get the punch line
everyone is doubled over laughing. Now later that night you’re feeling pretty
good and you’re walking around the party and you overhear a friend telling another
group of friends your joke without giving you credit. That
was your joke! That’s something that you put time into
making up that your friend just stole without giving you credit! Information
works the same way. Now if you’re writing a paper for a
class and you use a book or scholarly article without citing it that’s like stealing someone’s joke but
worse because you can either fail the class or be kicked out of school. You should absolutely find information
from outside sources but remember that the research that you’re finding has
value to the author. They spent a lot of time effort even
money putting that information together. That’s why proper credit and attribution is
important. So information has value but did you know that as an OSU student
you have more access to this information than most people? As a student you’re privileged to the
information that OSU library offers. The effort that went into writing books and
journals costs time and money and publishing them cost time and money. It’s not just free and much of this
material can be accessed by most people or really even can be found through
google or it’s really hard to find. Do you ever wonder where the information you
have access to comes from? Finding out where the information that you are using
comes from can be very important. You see ads all over the internet and TV and
it’s very clear that they’re trying to sell you something but sometimes it’s
not so obvious. Now if a cookie company we’re funding research about whether
delicious chocolatey baked good led to weight loss that information just might
be biased. If the findings from that research look
good from the companies standpoint that would be very valuable to the Cookie Company and
that’s just on a problem when we’re thinking about our dessert options. Think about how information like that
could help politicians or big corporations helping their own personal
gains and think about how a lack of that kind of information could put a person
at a disadvantage both financially and socially. You should look for a variety
of information and expand your knowledge about the subject and think about how
that information to be both valuable to you and the people who created as well.
So here’s what to remember. Information is a valuable resource. As a student you
have access to this information and you should always check your sources and
make sure you know where your information is coming from. You can use these tips and anything from
writing a research paper to just sharing posts online. And that’s how you inform
your thinking!

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