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International Relations 2016: Introduction & Reference Sources

Where to Start: Online Sources

Not all online sources are created equal. Some may have biased or incorrect information in them. Always check with your teacher or a librarian before using an online source to make sure it is acceptable.

Below is a list of trustworthy websites:

Introduction to Your Project

For this assignment, you will choose a political, economic, social, cultural, or environmental issue confronting the global community that interests you. Your thesis, or argument, should respond to the following question: "Why is [the issue you have chosen] still posing a challenge to the global community?"

There are several things you will need to consider and write about in order to answer that question. One is the history of the issue itself. Another is that issue's connection to globalization. Finally, you will need to discuss the impact global citizens can have on solving the issue.

All of these factors - history, globalization, and impact - will require research. This guide will help you sort through the many sources available in the library and beyond pertaining to your topic.  if you have any questions or need any assistance, remember: see a librarian at the Help Desk!

Where to Start: Reference Sources

Whenever you have a research project, you should start with reference sources. Reference sources give you an overview of your topic. They help you identify key words that will aid you in searching the online catalog and various electronic databases. Examples of reference sources include: encyclopedias, dictionaries, and atlases.

The most common reference source you've probably used is Wikipedia. You are not allowed to use Wikipedia for this project. Instead, you should use academic sources. Academic sources are trustworthy, credible, and put together by scholars and experts. 

Here are some academic reference sources you can use to get started on your project: