Class Research Guide:
Outcomes for today
Create a search statement using search
Know how to use the library catalog to find
Know how to research using the library’s
databases and other online sources
Identify and distinguish the difference between
popular and scholarly research articles
Know how to evaluate websites and other
information for reliability
What is it about?
How can it be used?
Why did it make the
cut? (Scholarly? Popular?
Current? Credible? Reliable?
Keywords are significant words which can be used as
search terms in online catalogs, databases, and/or
These can be individual words or a phrase.
Pair up. You have 5
minutes to create a
list of key
you’d use for this
Is there a broader
category for this
CQ Researcher (CQ Press)
Issues and Controversies
Global Issues in Context
Opposing Viewpoints in Context (Gale)
Following the September 11, 2001 terrorist
attacks, the United States adopted a policy
which allowed the use of drones to carry out
Sites of engagement:
Sites of conflict:
Author • Who has published this content?
• Is there an author or authors and what are their credentials? Are they an expert on the
• Is the page part of an individual's site or part of an organization's site?
• If an organization, is it reputable? Is contact information available?
Bias • Does the author have a bias, take a position on an issue, or give only one side of the
• To what audience is the author writing?
• Is the site trying to sell you something?
• Are there political, ideological, cultural, religious, institutional, or personal biases?
• Biased websites may include exaggerations, overgeneralizations, stereotypes,
misleading details, or emotional language
Credibility • Is the site free of obvious errors?
• Where does the author get his/her information?
• Does the author give proper attribution to borrowed information or knowledge (i.e. cite
sources)? What is the domain ending of the URL? Common domain endings are .edu,
.com, .gov, .org
Date • When was the information published or posted?
• Has the information been revised or updated?
• Does your topic require current information, or will older sources work as well?
Evaluation • Does the source pass the ABC test?
• Is it a credible source? Why or why not?
• Would you use it as a source for your assignment?
Evaluating Sources: the A, B, Cs
Which of the following domains do you think
contains the most reliable information?
Putting it to the test:
1. 3500 people killed
2. Civilian impact of targeted killings
3. Drones and the war on terror
4. Legality of Targeted Killings
5. Targeted Killing and Drone Warfare
6. If not drones, then what?
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