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EDUC 250: Building Trust - Fall 2020: Getting Started

Finding Voices

Think about the kinds of "voices" (other than academic) that you would like to find to enhance your understanding of your topic. Who is invested in your topic and who has authority and expertise? Think about the kinds of sources these voices produce--where will you find them?

We have placed a few groupings of source in boxes on this page.

Remember to vet your sources. Think about:

  • Content - how does this source add to your knowledge? (Remember that voices contrary to your argument are important as well.)
  • Authority - why is this source important? What authority does it have and in what context?
  • Bias - does this source have a bias? (Most sources do have bias. Being aware of biases is critical to understanding.)

Context & Background

Education Link

Government Sources: For researching specific countries look at the websites of the education departments of those countries. Also look at other government departments that pertain to your topic to find information about published research or government programs.

Where Is This An Issue: Finding A Case Study

Scholars often use a case study in order to examine a broader issue, and its impact, within a local context. Use these article databases to search for case studies by scholars on your topic.

You may wish to develop a case study for your topic. To do that, you will need to discover a location where your topic is an issue and then examine the local context.  These databases will help you find current information.

Librarians for the Social Sciences

After You Have Focused Your Topic Or Chosen A Case Study

  • Revisit background: Have you discovered new relevant contexts that you should examine?
  • Look for scholars who have studied your focused topic.
  • Think about, and find, relevant voices that have knowledge and expertise about your focused topic/ case study. E.g. people impacted, activists, etc.