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JOUR 207: Reporting and Writing I: Research sources

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Subscription databases contains information that you are not able to find freely on the internet. Such as: Market research, Case Studies, scholarly research and reports.

When you write a story on a city or neighborhood, sometimes, you need to research in a broader context. For example, what is the relationship to health and job satisfaction? How would you explore this idea? You can look for research related to employment, health and stress.

Here are a few examples of Keywords to search:  jobs, employment, stress, health, cities, poverty,

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Evaluating Sources

In the research process, evaluating sources is vital.Consider the following questions in order to effectively evaluate and gain a more critical understanding of your sources.

Author Authority  
Who created the item?  What is his or her affiliation?  What is his or her relationship to the information contained in the source?

Audience and Purpose
Who is the intended audience?  Why was the item created?

Accuracy and Completeness
Is the evidence reliable?  Are the important points covered?  How does the source compare to other similar sources?  What may have been left out?

Footnotes and Documentation
Are the author's sources in secondary and reference literature clearly identified with complete citations to allow you to find the original source yourself?

Perspective and Bias
How do the author's bias and perspective inform the arguments and evidence presented?

Adapted from NYU's Primary Sources LibGuide and The Information-Literate Historian by Jenny L. Presnell (New York:  Oxford University Press, 2007).

Research Databases

If you are research a story and need background information here are  a few resources for you to use:

Race, Class and Gender Resources