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  1. Conducting Research

  2. Finding Resources • Online • Library • Local govt. offices • Field research

  3. Online • Valuable for up to date information • Easy to find information published by organizations and state, federal, and local governments • Look for information from .gov and .org sites for this case

  4. Library • Detailed information • Long term perspectives and in-depth research • Often archive govt. information that can’t be accessed elsewhere

  5. Local Government Offices • House documents that are of concern to citizens of that community • Hold records of policies and decisions made by local decision makers • Often will have policies, etc. that are under review for public readers to assess and weigh in on

  6. Field Research • Collects information about local opinions and conditions • Most common types: • Observations • Interviews • surveys

  7. Assessing what you find • How important is it that the info is recent? • Who published the work? (UP/govt. vs. independent) • What are the affiliations of the author? (Institutions, degrees, previous work) • Who is the intended audience? • Does it seem to support one position in a biased manner? • Does it acknowledge sources (have a bib)?

  8. Assessing what you find cont. • Do other web sites point to this site? • Is it a well known organization? • It is clear who established and maintains the site. • Includes information on when it was last updated. • Are there errors in the information?