• Databases

    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. 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.
        1. Evaluate your sources: sources may include false/incomplete/unconfirmed information. YOU must check to ensure the information is reputable.
          1. How do I check if my source is reputable?
        2. News Sources
          1. Some news sources you might use:
            1. The Wall Street Journal 
            2. The New York Times 
            3. Chicago Tribune 
            4. New York Post 
            5. Los Angeles Times 
            6. The Washington Post 
            7. Newsday 
            8. The Mercury News 
            9. East Bay Times 
            10. Star Tribune 
            11. You also might try looking at Associated Press for news sources.
        3. Free Web Websites to try:
          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. ProCon.org: an independent non-profit founded by Steven C. Markoff “to provide resources for critical thinking and to educate without bias.”
          3. AllSides - AllSides curates stories from right, center and left-leaning media so that readers can easily compare how bias influences reporting.
          4. Open Secrets. Tracks how much and where candidates get their money.
          5. ProPublica. ProPublica produces investigative journalism in the public interest.
          6. National Discussion and Debate Series: This program was created “to encourage a vigorous, well-informed discussion on the national stage about the major issues of our time.”
          7. Debate.org - Gain balanced, non-biased insight into each issue and review the breakdown of pro-con stances within our community.
  • 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