These databases are listed in order of increasing complexity. It is recommended that you start at the top and work your way through them.
There are two types of source evaluation:
Should I use this source?
Now that I've decided to use this source:
John Green has just started a new series on how to evaluate information you find on the web.
Analyse = Break down in order to bring out the essential elements or structure.
Compare = Give an account of the similarities between two (or more) items or situations, referring to both (all) of them throughout.
Compare and contrast = Give an account of similarities and differences between two (or more) items or situations, referring to both (all) of them throughout.
Contrast = Give an account of the differences between two (or more) items or situations, referring to both (all) of them throughout.
Discuss = Offer a considered and balanced review that includes a range of arguments, factors or hypotheses. Opinions or conclusions should be presented clearly and supported by appropriate evidence.
Evaluate = Make an appraisal by weighing up the strengths and limitations.
Examine = Consider an argument or concept in a way that uncovers the assumptions and interrelationships of the issue.
To what extent = Consider the merits or otherwise of an argument or concept. Opinions and conclusions should be presented clearly and supported with appropriate evidence and sound argument.
1) Select a topic :
What is your broad topic? For Example: Stalin
2) Narrow your topic:
Pick two or more areas you are considering focusing on. When considering an area of focus, make sure that it lends itself to an argument; that there are two sides or opposing points of view. For example:
a) Stalin and Collectivisation
Pros: benefit to the economy, more efficient production, increase food supply
Cons: lack of personal incentive, no individual identity, many farmers killed
b) Stalin and Purges
Pros: Solidify Control, Party discipline to move forward
Cons: Violation of human rights, freedom of speech, no opposition results in no brainstorming
To find websites and articles originating from a certain country, do a Google Advanced Search and in the domain field enter the country code.
Once you get your results, use the Search Tools menu and narrow the results by date, if you'd like.
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