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EDUC 250: Building Trust - Fall 2020: Getting Started

International Organizations

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.


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.)


Focus Your Topic Into A Story

Steps for focusing your topic into a story

  • What do you know about your topic and how it affects or is affected by education?
  • Is there a case study you would like to focus on?
  • Is there an aspect of your topic that you would like to focus on?
  • What argument do you wish to make? 
    • Focus on the "why": e.g. why should girls be educated?
    • The why is your narrative/story.

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