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A guide to Political Science resources at Cressman Library.
Last Updated: Aug 29, 2017 URL: http://libguides.cedarcrest.edu/polisci Print Guide

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About using Web Resources

Note:  There are some excellent resources listed here, but please keep in mind that in general many Web-based resources must be reviewed for authority, accuracy and authenticity. Also, Web materials are time-sensitive - a page in existence one week may not be around the following week. We have tried to list reliable, stable websites, but these tenets are always good to keep in mind while browsing ...

Pertinent Websites

  • FactCheck
    FactCheck.org is a nonpartisan, nonprofit “consumer advocate” for voters that aims to reduce the level of deception and confusion in U.S. politics. FactCheck.org is a project of the Annenberg Public Policy Center of the University of Pennsylvania, established to address public policy issues at the local, state and federal levels.
  • Reuters: Politics & Political News
    Thomson Reuters is the world's largest international multimedia news agency. Thomson Reuters journalists are subject to an Editorial Handbook which requires fair presentation and disclosure of relevant interests.
  • Foreign Affairs
    Since its founding in 1922, Foreign Affairs has been the leading forum for serious discussion of American foreign policy and global affairs.
  • Gallup
    Gallup delivers forward-thinking research, analytics, and advice to help leaders solve their most pressing problems. Gallup News reports empirical evidence about the world's 7 billion citizens based on Gallup's continuous polling in 160 countries.

Google

Google Scholar is a place to start but make sure you use your professional indexes.  A controlled vocabulary search is often more reliable & less overwhelming than a Google search.

If you use Google for a web search; use Google advanced which gives you more control over the results.  If you limit by Domain you can see the results from goverment sites (.gov), organizations sites (.org), or education sites (.edu). You can also limit by when the site was last updated.

Evaluate sites the way you would evaluate a book or other resource.  Who sponsors it?  When was it last updated?  Who wrote it? Who thinks it is a good site? Typing "Link: " then the sites address in the Google search bar should result in a list of sites that links to that particular web-page.  Who points to it will tell you something about the usefulness of the page.

Searching on the Web

Searching the web is tracked closely by the providers; such as Google, Bing, etc. Over time the providers know the results you have been going to and will start to ONLY return results they think you want. For example, if you primarily look at conservative political sites; eventually, the typical search engine will only ever return conservative political sites. You will never get any other viewpoint. Scholars are supposed to step back and look at all sides of the research subject. The practice of only returning what matches your search history is called a "search bubble."  It is one of the great opinion polarizers of modern web culture. Search providers also sell "top spot" returns which also skew the results you receive.

There are a few steps you can make to minimize the research impact of these practices:

+ Make sure you look at all viewpoints in the first place.

+ Use a non-tracking search engine such as Duck Duck Go.

Check out the link Don't Bubble Us for a clearer explanantion!

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