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*SOCI 4350 Social Justice I (Goss): Finding Popular Press/News and Website Sources


c. Research the politics of the problem in academic and popular press.

i. Search the web for information related to the problem.

d. Research the politics of the issue in academic and popular press.

i. Search the web for information related to the problem.

Smart Googling

Want to find activist organization sites? Limit your Google Search to .org sites by typing at the end of your search:

REMEMBER: You should evaluate the credibility of what anyone is saying, whether they are a scholar or an activist - From where/whom are they getting their information? Are they citing their sources? Does their personal bias impact the credibility of what they are saying? How do their socially-situated standpoints bolster and/or hinder their credibility?

Library-Provided News Sources

News sites often allow free access to a few articles...and then they want your $$.

But the library has access to many news sources that are 'free' to you - well, you've already paid for them with your tuition, but it feels like it's 'free' in the moment. And the advantage of using library-subscribed news sources versus stuff you find on the open web or on twitter or facebook is that you can be pretty confident that they aren't "fake" news.

BELOW are links to library-subscribed news sources.

Using Wikipedia Wisely...

Because anyone can add or change content, there is an inherent lack of reliability and stability to Wikipedia. Even the founder of Wikipedia has stressed that Wikipedia may not be suitable for academic uses, saying, "It is pretty good, but you have to be careful with it. It's good enough knowledge, depending on what your purpose is."

How might you use Wikipedia for this assignment?

As a starting point to: 

  1. get some background and familiarize yourself with a topic, and also
  2. find the sources they cited - all Wikipedia articles end with References and/or Further Readings sections that point you to additional sources. These often include more authoritative sources like books and journal articles that you can find in the library or online. This can be a great way to start identifying sources for your paper. 

*Help on how to find articles listed in Wikipedia references.*