Research Resources is just that. It offers lists of options for students to use to find sources for their three major assignments. These lists aren't exhaustive and are meant as starting points. They include recommendations from both the open web as well as ones provided by the AppState Library. If you don't know how to use the library's databases and other search tools, check out our tutorials page or ask a librarian.
Understanding the Open Web is dedicated to giving some background on things like the deep vs open webs, algorithms, and fake news as well as tips on avoiding mis- and disinformation.
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Why use library newspaper databases when you can go to the newspaper websites via Google?
Local, state, and national newspaper websites are often subscription-only or have a limited amount of content freely available on their websites. The AppState Library likely already pays and provides full and historical access to these newspapers through one of our many databases.
Want more than news sources for your analysis?
The AppState Library provides full-text access to all sorts of research including magazine articles, academic journal articles, government reports, and more. Get started by searching the multi-source one-search tool on our homepage, APPsearch.
Don't know who the elected officials are in the area where your topic exists?
Start here to get more information about local, state, and federal elected officials.
Pro-tip: If you want additional perspective, you can consult the same analysis sources suggested for your Take Action assignment. Or ask your librarian for recommendations.
Beyond picking a country of interest off the top of your head and Googling information about it, there are some resources available to get you started.
Once you have the names of government agencies, natural resources, laws, or other key pieces of background information about your country, take a deeper dive into the scholarly literature. The most direct way to start is with APPsearch, the library's one-search tool that combines research from our most popular databases (in the form of articles) as well as our online catalog (in the form of books, ebooks, films). Search with APPsearch now:
For more information on using APPsearch, watch these short tutorial videos. While the examples shown aren't specific to this assignment, how the tool works with your Country Profile research will be the same. If you get stuck, contact your librarian.
Wikipedia is rarely an acceptable source to cite in a college research paper. However, Wikipedia is a wonderful source for background information about research topics and a source for some of the research already done on certain topics.
The Research Advisory Program (RAP) provides one-on-one research assistance for students. Sessions are conducted in person, by phone, or online.
Created by librarians for students to take the guesswork out of finding the right research resources