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International Studies

Designed for international studies students, this guide takes you through the Library’s resources to improve your research.

Web Resources

 

Check out this collection of best web resources for international studies and learn how to evaluate a website.

Global Data

Web Resources & Tools

How To Refine Google Searches


Read Google's Tips on how to refine searches in their search engine.

Remember!

The first result on Google is NOT always the correct answer or best result. ALWAYS verify the result by using the evaluation Guidelines below.

Evaluating Websites

Web sites can be sources of great information...but how do you determine what is okay to use in academic papers? 

Here are 4 considerations as you assess web sites for use in your assignments.

  • Author: Who wrote the section, and what are their credentials? What larger organization are they affiliated with? If I google them, what do I find? What is the parent web site?
  • Bias: Can you identify an angle/slant/bias in the article or on the larger web site? What is the purpose of the study or content—to prove something to a particular group? Can you corroborate the claims with at least 2 other sources?
  • Content: Is the source accurate? Are there basic mistakes in grammar, dead links, or spelling? When was it posted or last updated or published? Does it contain claims that contradict things you know to be true or even other claims within the article itself?
  • Support: Does the content have citations or sources? Can you verify the sources? Can you contact the author or organization?