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English 263 - Research Project (Kim): Social Issues in the News

Tips for Researching with Journalism Sources

Be sure to write down the names of any experts as well as important people and organizations related to your topic to refine your research and gather more information. Google the names of these people and/or organizations to find out more about them. This is where Google is your friend. 

If a particular study is discussed, see if you can find the original research or a good summary of it; Universities and other institutions will often post studies getting a lot of attention in the news or very good summaries of the research being reported on their web sites.  

Remember, opinion pieces (op eds) and editorials and columnists want to persuade you to adopt their point of view. Be sure that you understand which parts of their pieces deal with facts and which parts are the author's opinions. 

Magazines and News from the Web

Think Tanks and Other Research Institutes

PRO TIP: Always look at the "About Us" page and the organization's mission statement to find out what a think tank's biases and goals are.

Non-partisan does *not* mean that that an organization does not have a political agenda; many do and some do not (notably, the Pew Research Center, which bills itself as a "fact tank" to highlight this difference). 

Magazines and News from GBS Databases

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