|Article databases can lead you to more focused information on various aspects of your country in magazines and journals.
For example, check out Critical Arts: A Journal of South-North Cultural and Media Studies which provides an African and Third World perspective of media, culture, and social theory.
If the full text of the article is not available immediately in the database, click on the Full Text Finder link to locate
the full text in another database.
Use Journal Finder if you have a citation and need to find the full text journal.
Search the SMC Library Catalog:
If you find a book the library does not own, submit an interlibrary loan request.
|Search Infotrac Newsstand to find news articles from a broad
range of newspapers and newswires from around the world.|
Consult Translation Resources if needed to get a quick understanding of an article.
Other News Databases
Search Google News for current stories. Use the Advanced Search dropdown in the search box to limit your search to a location (i.e. Ethiopia) or a news source (i.e. cnn). Search the Archives to track the emergence of an ongoing issue.
You can also search for sites in your country by adding inurl:[country abbreviation] to your search. Find country abbreviations at Internet World Stats.
|Search a specialized country resource like Europa World to find up-to-date information on elections, government officials, country statistics, and media outlets to name a few.|
|Use the Political Handbook of the World to get more detailed information about political parties in your country and
Search World Trade Press books published on your country about communications, society, and culture.
Travel guides to many countries as well as encyclopedias of countries and regions are kept in the Reference and circulating collections.
Search Reference Universe to find other reference material in the library's collection.
Encyclopedia of Africa
REF DT3 .E53 2010
Encyclopedia of the World's Nations and Cultures
REF G63 .K874 2007
Encyclopedia of International Media and Communications
REF P87.5.E532 2003
Routledge International Enyclopedia of Education
REF LB15 .R633 2008
Reporters Without Borders
Organization founded in 1985 to promote freedom of information. Publishes the World Press Freedom Index annually.
United Nations data search allows you to search across multiple sources such as UNESCO, Food and Agriculture Organization, etc.
Statistics and reports from United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization. Click on Worldwide from the menu and select a UNESCO region to pull up various countries.
UN Office of the High Representative for the Least Developed Countries, Landlocked Developing Countries, and Small Island Developing Countries provides country profiles on least developed countries. See List of Least Developed Countries.
Select a country from the Countries menu button and find statistics, publications, and special reports related to that country.
The World Health Organization a branch of the United Nations provides statistics and reports related to health trends globally.
ICT (Information and Communications Technology) Research Guide
Includes links to statistics on ICT development in various countries. The International Telecommunications Union a specialized agency of the UN also has some free statistics on its site.
Music & Films
More Audio, Video, and Images
Find podcasts in Google by typing inurl:podcast and your keyword in the search box.
Do an image search on your country in specialized encyclopedias and atlases.
Atlas of the World
REF OVER G1021 .N38 2011
Easily edit YouTube videos.
Open source audio editor.
Consider the following factors when evaluating your sources.
Currency - Is the timeliness of the information appropriate? Check the publication date of the website, book, or article. Date may not be an issue with historical topics unless you are looking for primary sources.
Relevance - Does the information fit your assignment/research question? Look at abstract, table of contents, introduction, cited references, and index to determine relevance. Is it a popular or scholarly source?
Authority - Who is taking responsibility for the source?--subject specialist, news reporter, organization. Where did they obtain their information? Is a bibliography or reference list provided? Look at author credentials, about us links on websites, etc.
Accuracy - Never rely on one source. Compare facts with additional sources.
Purpose - What is the intent of the article/author?--to persuade, to inform, to influence your opinion.
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