• Temporary Database - Available until June 30th, 2020
      • username: greatvalley
      • password: facts
    • World News Digest
    • World News Digest | Kansas State Library, KS - Official Website
      • World News Digest promotes understanding of a topic by combining the latest news with key context and background. It has been the source for authoritative news summaries and background articles since 1940.
      • World News Digest is packed with more than 300,000 original articles from 1940 to today. These include overviews of historic events, country profiles, historical documents, biographies, research features, special reports, editorials, and editorial cartoons. World News Digest also provides easy access to extensive historical video footage from the 1940s through the 2010s, bringing decades of key historic events to life. This rich archive provides a solid foundation for research.
  • Getting Started with Research

    1. Create a Keyword Bank:
      1. Write down the important words, names, or ideas relating to your topic that you currently know.
      2. Add more words, names, and ideas as you discover them in your research.
      3. Sometimes your original keywords will not bring you the expected results, so it is important to have a bank of alternate search terms ready to go.
      4. example 1
    2. Create a Search String:
      1. You should always research by searching carefully selected keywords NOT entire sentances!
        1. Putting "and" between two keywords will NARROW your results so only results with BOTH terms will show up.
        2. Putting "OR" between two keywords will EXPAND your results so results with EITHER of the terms will show up.
        3. Putting "NOT" between keywords will LIMIT results to ignore results with certain words.
      2. examples2


    SIRS Issues Researcher  

    issues  opposing  global jstor

    (provided through the Chester County Public Library) 
     You can only access these while on school premisis (unless you have your own library card). For recent news articles from news sources all around the world: (use password: 24752000287597) 

    Using the Free Web

    1. A better Google search

      1. Use advanced search function and Limit for .edu or .gov 
      2. Develop a list of keywords and synonyms to use in your research. 
      keywords      quotations
      dates      domain  
    1. Using Wikipedia
    2. Evaluating Sources
      1. How to Use Wikipedia for Academic Research:
        1. You CAN use Wikipedia:
          1. Use it to find keywords for your search strings
          2. Use it to familiarize yourself with the broad overview of your topic
          3. Use it to get background info on a topic
          4. Use it to find other sources (go to bottom of page, explore cited sources there)
        2. You just cannot quote from, or cite Wikipedia as a source
          1. Why? Because, even though Wikipedia has become an exceptional information resource, it IS a Wiki, which means that someone could technically add misinformation. Since we can never be 100% absolutely certain of the author of the information, Wikipedia itself cannot be quoted or cited as a reputable source.  
        3.  Evaluating Your Sources:
          1. Always confirm the facts your news article is claiming!
            1. Double check with a factchecker and/or
            2. Corroborate the facts across multiple reputable sources
          2. Always evaluate the source to make sure it is credible and reputable!
            1. Lookup your source's reputation and biases on google, wikipedia, or mediabiasfactcheck.com
            2. How do I check if my source is reputable?
    3. Research Tips:
      1. Choose a variety of reputable sources. Choose sources that reflect a variety of political biases. Do not get all information from a single source.
        • Resources to Help you Evaluate a Source for Reputation and Bias!

          1. MediaBiasFactCheck - This website is awesome for checking the biases and reputation associated with news sources. It will give you info about the source's political leanings and reputation which helps you decide if your source is reliable.
          2. Open Secrets. Tracks how much and where candidates get their money.
          3. WHOis.net - find out who owns a website or domain name. You can then search for that person or organization's reputation and biases.


          1. isidewith.com - example of ideas
          2. Washington Post Fact Checker. Although WP has a left-center bias, its checks are excellent and sourced. Bias because they fact check conservative claims more than liberal ones.
          3. The Sunlight Foundation. Uses public policy data-based journalism to make politics more transparent/accountable
          4. Snopes.  Often the first to set facts straight on wild fake news claims.
          5. ProPublica. Has won several Pulitzer Prizes. ProPublica produces investigative journalism in the public interest.
          6. AllSides. While not a fact-checking site, AllSides curates stories from right, center and left-leaning media so that readers can easily compare how bias influences reporting
          7. Fact Check. This nonpartisan, nonprofit monitors the factual accuracy of what is said by U.S. political players, including politicians, TV ads, debates, interviews and news releases.​
          8. Media Matters. This nonprofit and self-described liberal-leaning research center monitors and corrects conservative misinformation in the media.​
          9. NewsBusters. A project of the conservative Media Research Center, NewsBusters is focused on “documenting, exposing and neutralizing liberal media bias.”​
      2. Searching the free web

      3. Try Refseek.com - it's like google but will provide more academic and scholarly results!

        Annotated Bibliography 

        Printable - Annotated Bib Graphic Organizer

        What is an annotated bibliography?

        An annotated bibliography (or works cited) is essentially a beefed up works cited page. Your annotated bibliography must include the following information for each source you use for research:

        • Citation
        • Brief summary
          • 1-3 sentences summarizing the content of the source.
          • Include main points and add detail to dig deeper into the source.
        • Evaluation
          • 1-3 sentences evaluating the information and author of the source.
          • Some things you might mention include: is the author a resepected authority on the subject? Can you trust the facts provided? What type of audience was this source written for? Is there a bias in the author's point of view? Does this information corroborate with information from other sources?
        • Reflection
          • 1-3 sentences reflecting on the usefullness of this source.
          • Did this source provide you with a major portion of information or miniscule amounts?
          • Did the source contain interesting information?
          • Did you learn something about your topic you had not been previously aware of?

        Example of annotated citation

        Guillermo, Kathy. "Zika Response should Not Include Animal Experiments." People 
             for the Ethical Treatment of Animals, 28 Jul 2016,SIRS Issues Researcher

             This article discusses the morality and scientific 
             veracity of animal experimentation, specifically in reference to the recent 
             Zika Virus outbreak. Guillermo's main point here is that "studies should 
             add to the body of knowledge of medical treatments for humans" and that 
             "studies on animals won't do this."  Citing a recent NIH 
             strategic plan, Guillermo offers further research which concludes that data 
             from other animals does not apply to human beings. Kathy Guillermo is the 
             senior vice president of laboratory investigations at PETA. PETA is an 
             american animal rights organization and nonprofit corporation. Because PETA 
             has a clear stake in this argument, and clear bias against harm towards 
             animals, I will look for corroborating research before using this source 
             for the project. I will use this source in my project to demonstrate opposition 
             towards animal experimentation.



  • Searching the free web

    1. Try Refseek.com - it's like google but will provide more academic and scholarly results!
    2. Google.com - see below for some tips for using google more effectively.

    A better Google search

    1. Use advanced search function and Limit for .edu or .gov 
    2. Develop a list of keywords and synonyms to use in your research. For instance "climate change economic" and "global warming economic" will bring different results!

    keywords      quotations

    dates      domain