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Researching Multicultural Societies, Immigration and Related Topics
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Recommended Sources and Searching Tips
The purpose of this research guide is to help students in Molly Popchock's ESL class find credible and academic information sources. This guide will suggest useful sources, search techniques and evaluation methods for researching your topic.
When searching for information consider trying related words. For example, when researching country migration patterns you might try using these words:
- migration, immigration, emigration, migrants
- countries, global, world
LIBRARY RESEARCH DATABASES - include features to create MLA citations automatically.
Reference Books (including encyclopedias) - concise, general background information; articles often written by experts who are university professors
- eBook Collection - 150,000 ebooks selected for college and university researchers -- Don't worry about reading a whole book. Just look for small bits of information that you can use for your research.
Periodicals - magazines, newspapers, scholarly journals
Here's an example of a search in the Academic Search Complete database:
Cultures & Countries
Spokane Multicultural Facts
Evaluating information and domain searching
WWW Test - ask these questions when determining whether a source is reliable, especially when Googling.
- Who's the author or organization responsible for the information? Does the author or organization have expertise?
- What's the nature of the information? Is it objective (based on facts) or biased (based on opinion)? Is it based on careful research?
- When was it written? Is it appropriately up-to-date?
Try limiting your Google search to a particular domain (such as .edu or .gov which are restricted domains). You may find more reliable information. Here are a couple of search examples:
global immigration trends site:.gov
honduras and migration site:.edu