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Where Do I Start?
Global Issues research will involve finding reputable background information, current news sources, and lots of statistics. You will find that many organizations that focus on these global problems (United Nations, Doctors Without Borders, Unicef, World Bank, World Health Organization, etc) have well-researched reports that are full of the information that you need. Any credible source you consult should reference and get their data from these types of organizations.The databases are also excellent sources for finding the statistics and other background info provided by these worldwide entities.
Do Your Presearch!
Often you will need to gather some background information on your topic before you decide on a narrower focus. Ask yourself:
- What do I already know?
- What do I need to find out?
- What information would help me answer my questions?
Initially, you may want to read some general resources to gain a better understanding of your topic. Then, you can narrow your search by asking yourself:
- What keywords can I use to search?
- What synonyms, broader or narrower terms, or related ideas could I use?
- Will proper names (people or places) focus my search?
Strategies for Narrowing a Topic
Which countries are affected?
Gender, age, occupation, ethnicity, nationality, educational attainment, etc.
Social, legal, medical, ethical, biological, psychological, economic, political, philosophical?
United Nations Global Issues Portal
An overview of global issues topics with trusted links to additional information.
CIA World Fact Book
"The World Factbook provides information on the history, people, government, economy, geography, communications, transportation, military, and transnational issues for 267 world entities."
"A massive central data source and a handy way to graphically compare nations. NationMaster is a vast compilation of data from such sources as the CIA World Factbook, UN, and OECD. You can generate maps and graphs on all kinds of statistics with ease."
Human Rights Today
Search by country or by topic.
United Nations World Drug Report
A report from 2017 full of statistics and information on drug trafficking.
Look for images that are meaningful and add value to your thinking. Consider infographics, charts, graphs, or diagrams. We have several outstanding books with infographics on global issues. If you search google, make sure you limit your search to an Image Search and check for a credible source.
Search for the latest news on your topic and then sign up for an email alert to have that news delivered to you. Go to https://www.google.com/alerts and enter the search terms you would like to create an alert for.
A listing of newspapers from around the world.
Click on the World tab, or do a search for your issue/region.
New York Times
To create an account with full access, go to http://www.nytimes.com/passes. Create a NYTimes account using your school email address. Check your email inbox for our confirmation message. Click on the link in your confirmation message to validate your email address and access your account.