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Finding Political, Cultural, or Historical Background

Finding Political, Cultural, and Historical Background

Broad Historical Resources by Decade or Year (all links open in a new window)

  • Wikipedia: 1960s, 1970s, 1980s, 1990s
  • CQ Researcher: Library database that explores a single "hot" issue in the news in-depth each week. There are 44 reports done each year and four expanded reports.

Historical Newspapers

  • ProQuest Historical Newspapers: Library database that offers full-text and full-image articles for 13 large American daily newspapers and two daily British Newspapers (The Guardian and The Observer). Coverage: 1764-2005.
  • The Times Digital Archive: The Times Digital Archive (London) provides access to the entire newspaper, with all news articles, advertisements and illustrations/photos, editorial and commentary, and features. Coverage: 1785-2006.

Explore more App State library databases.

Note: If you've never used a library database, don't be intimidated. They're simply online collections of quality research provided by the App State Library that you can't get anywhere else. If you have questions, get in touch with a librarian!

Finding Biographical Content for the Actors that Portrayed the Doctor

Finding Biographical Content for the Actors that Portrayed the Doctor

Biography in Context: Library database that combines biographies with related full-text articles from magazines and newspapers, thousands of images, and links to vetted websites.

IMDb

TARDIS Data Core

Explore more of the library's biographical resources.

Evaluating Information

Evaluating Information

Now that you’ve started finding sources, you’ll need to evaluate them before committing to them, but this doesn’t have to be time consuming. Just ask yourself two questions:

  1. Is this source trustworthy?
  2. And is this source suitable?

Not every suitable source is trustworthy, and not every trustworthy source is suitable.

Determining Suitability
Your task as a researcher is to determine the appropriateness of the information your source contains for your particular research project. Consider the following: will this source help me answer the research questions that I am posing in my project? Will it help me learn as much as I can about my topic? Will it help me write an interesting, convincing essay for my readers? 

Determining Trustworthiness (or Credibility)
Trustworthiness of sources may not be as easy to determine, especially if you’re doing research on the open web and if you’re in a hurry, aren’t paying attention, or haven’t checked your own biases at the door. This goes for both library and non-library sources. Pay attention to things like:

  • When the source was published or last updated - look for the most recent research on your topic but newer isn’t always better. Depending on the topic, it’s fine to consult older material.
  • The degree of bias in the source - is the author making an attempt to stay objective and include various points of view or is s/he/they pushing a point of view for other reasons?
  • Whether or not the author supports what they’re saying with evidence - if the author is making lots of claims without citing them, consider looking for something else.

Source

Here is a video series that offers great strategies for verifying information you find on the open web.

And here is a short video courtesy of NCSU that offers general context on evaluation of information:

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