Facts provided or learned about something or someone.


Types of information

  • Factual
    • Factual information is information that solely deals with facts. It is short and non-explanatory. The best place to find factual information is in reference books such as encyclopedias and almanacs.
    • Example: Mount Magazine is the highest point in Arkansas.
  • Analytical
    • Analytical information is the interpretation of factual information. What does the factual information mean? What does it imply? This is the type of information that researchers generate in their studies. Analytical information is mostly found in books and journals.
    • Example: Based on crash statistics, Arkansas State Police designated the road as dangerous.
  • Subjective
    • Subjective information is information from only one point of view. Opinions are subjective. You can find subjective information almost anywhere factual information isn't. It is in books, journals, websites and book reviews.
    • Example: I hate Arkansas' hot, humid summers!
  • Objective
    • Objective information is information that is understood from multiple viewpoints and presents all sides of an argument. Reference books are a good place to find objective information. Newspapers that have balanced and fair reporting are also objective. Opposing Viewpoints and Facts on File are both great objective databases.
    • Example: While many people don't like Arkansas summers, some look forward to the season so they can travel.