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2016 Mock Election - Government

Research Tips

  • Start by searching on the canidates webpage
  • Know what keywords you are looking for (Ex: War on Terror might NOT be a term mentioned specifically, so search for ISIS, Iraq, ect.)
  • Check the major news publications
  • Check with groups that are involved in politics (Ex: Illinois Education Association has information about both national and local candidates and their stance on education)
  • Search for side by side comparisons of the canidates (this will be easier to find with the higher level positions)
  • Ask for help if you are not finding anything!

 

 

Finding CREDIBLE Sources

Evaluating Internet Sources

Tips and Tricks for Evaluating Web Sites 

The questions below will help you in evaluate web pages for use as academic sources. Be sure and look at the criteria in multiple categories prior to making a decision regarding the academic quality of a source.

How did you find the page? How you located the site can give you a start on your evaluation of the site's validity as an academic resource.

o   Was it found via a search conducted through a search engine? Unlike library databases, the accuracy and/or quality of information located via a search engine will vary greatly. Look carefully!

o   Was it recommended by a faculty member or another reliable source? Generally, an indicator of reliability.

o   Was it cited in a scholarly or credible source? Generally, an indicator of reliability.

o   Was it a link from a reputable site? Generally, an indicator of reliability.

What is the site's domain? Think of this as "decoding" the URL, or Internet address. The origination of the site can provide indications of the site's mission or purpose. The most common domains are:

.org 

Traditionally an advocacy web site, such as a not-for-profit organization, though open to anyone now.

.com 

Traditionally a business or commercial site.

.net

Traditionally a site from a network organization or an Internet Service Provider, though open to anyone now.

.edu 

A site affiliated with a higher education institution.

.gov

A federal government site.

.il.us

A state government site, this may also include public schools and community colleges.

.uk (United Kingdom)

A site originating in another country (as indicated by the 2 letter code).

~

The tilde usually indicates a personal page.

What is the authority of the page? Look for information on the author of the site. On the Internet anyone can pose as an authority.

o   Is the author's name visible? Does the author have an affiliation with an organization or institution?

o   Does the author list his or her credentials? Are they relevant to the information presented? 

o   Is there a mailing address or telephone number included, as well as an e-mail address? 

Is the information accurate and objective? There are no standards or controls on the accuracy of information available via the Internet. The Internet can be used by anyone as a sounding board for their thoughts and opinions.

o   How accurate is the information presented? Are sources of factual information or statistics cited? Is there a bibliography included?

o   Compare the page to related sources, electronic or print, for assistance in determining accuracy. 

o   Does the page exhibit a particular point of view or bias? 

o   Is the site objective? Is there a reason the site is presenting a particular point of view on a topic? 

o   Does the page contain advertising? This may impact the content of the information included. Look carefully to see if there is a relationship between the advertising and the content, or whether the advertising is simply providing financial support for the page.  

Is the page current? This is both an indicator of the timeliness of the information and whether or not the page is actively maintained.

o   Is the information provided current?

o   When was the page created?

o   Are dates included for the last update or modification of the page?

o   Are the links current and functional?

Undergraduate Library – University of Illinois – www.library.uiuc.edu/ugl

 

2016 Election

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Online Databases

ProQuest Newsstand (username: grayslake, password: rams)

GALE PowerSearch (username: rams, password: rams)

 

When you are searching these databases remember to use ONLY keywords.  

For example if you are searching "Clinton and Trump's views on Gun Control" don't type that in, instead try searching for combination of keywords:

  • Clinton
  • Trump
  • "gun control"

News Sites

This is not a complete list of sources, but a good place to start.  

Voting Sites

 

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