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Arts in Cultural Context: RUS 0871

Research help for the course, RUS 0871: Arts in Cultural Context.

Why Use News?

Newspapers on The Wall Street Journal Rack. Photo by Philip Strong on UnsplashNews sources (newspapers, magazines, news blogs, news broadcasts, news feeds, etc.) are written by reporters (aka journalists) on topics of current interest.

When and Why You Should Use News Sources:

  • You need information on a recent event or topic of interest
  • You need eyewitness accounts of events
  • You need reports on activities of state and local government
  • You need insights into local culture, arts & entertainment
  • You need perspectives from underrepresented groups
  • You need sources that advocate a particular viewpoint or opinion

Remember: Not all news sources are created equal! Some have hidden (or obvious!) motives or political beliefs. Do some background research into who owns the news organization to learn more about it.

Databases to Try

Russian News Sources in English

Search Tips

Not sure what keywords to use? Try some of the following suggestions:

  • Choose keywords that are specific to your issue/topic --
    • Names of individuals (politicians, celebrities, athletes, etc.)
    • Names of companies, corporations, organizations, etc.
    • Names of cities, provinces, former satellite states, etc.
    • Names laws, legislation, rules, etc.

Other tips:

  • Place quotation marks around names and phrases. This will force the database to search for those exact words. (ie. "Vladimir Putin")
  • Limit your search to a specific region/state/publication (ie. Pennsylvania, The Philadelphia Inquirer)
  • Limit your search to a specific timeframe related to your issue/topic (ie. past year, past month, 2001-2003)

Global Voices: Eastern & Central Europe

Global Voices

Global Voices is "a community of more than 200 bloggers around the world who work together to bring you translations and reports from blogs and citizen media everywhere, with emphasis on voices that are not ordinarily heard in international mainstream media."

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