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Kids in Crisis: When Schools Don’t Work: EDUC 823

What are Popular Sources?

In this course, a popular source are defined as a "substantive piece published in a credible source (national newsmagazines, major newspapers, research organizations, education organizations," etc. You'll be using the source to support your claims, so even though you may use something you found online, you need to be sure it's credible.

In order to determine if the source is credible, ask yourself:

  • Who is the author? Are they qualified to write about this topic? Do they have credentials/degrees? If they're a journalist, do they cite other sources to back up their claims?
  • What publication is the source published in? Is it a reputable national newspaper or magazine? Is it lengthy? Does it include references to scholarly articles or research studies?
  • Is there an "About Us" link? If you found the source on a website of a research organization, check the "About" or "About Us" page to find out more information.

Find News Articles

Library databases have access to news and magazine articles as well as scholarly sources. In the databases, you may have more access to back issues of newspapers and magazines that you would not find through a Google News search.

Search in Specific News Publications

Search the Journal Finder for specific news publications, and then search within those publications:

Finding Creative Sources

For your position paper, you must find one piece of literature, poetry, piece of visual art, song, movie, etc. that reflects your argument.

There isn't one go to place to find creative sources, but you can use these search tips online:

  1. Search Google for your topic and a specific type of creative source.
  2. Search YouTube for performances, movies or television programs related to your topic.

Sample search:

screenshot of a Google search