Research

:
Identifying a
Reliable Source

Why are we looking for
sources?

1. To find information about
our countries
2. To write position papers

Reliable Source Checklist
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__________ created this?
__________ is the creator’s perspective?
__________ was this created?
__________ was it created?
__________ was this created?

Ask yourself: Is this source reliable? Why or Why not?

Reliable Source Checklist
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Who created this? Author/Publisher
What is the creator’s perspective? Bias
Why was this created? Purpose
For who for who was it created? Audience
When was this created? Date

Ask yourself: Is this source reliable? Why or Why not?

Is Wikipedia a good
source?

How can I check if the
information I found is
correct?

Surfing the Web
What's the URL ending?
.com (Commercial websites)
.org (Non-profit websites)
.edu (Academic websites)
.gov (Government websites)

Country Information
● CIA World Factbook
○ www.odci.gov/CIA/publications/factbo
ok
● BBC News Country Profiles
http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/country_profile
s/default.stm
● Infoplease Countries of the World
○ www.infoplease.com/countries.html

United Nations Information
● United Nations Home Page
○ www.un.org
● Millennium Development Goals
○ www.un.org/millenniumgoals/
● MDG Country Statistics
○ mdgs.un.org/unsd/mdg/Default.aspx
● International Monetary Fund
○ www.imf.org/external/index.htm