Tutor profile: Karen H.
Subject: Library and Information Science
How can I find information on how to deal with a fast moving viral outbreak and what we should do to stay safe?
One of my favorite sources is the Center for Disease Control. They have developed a "Zombie Preparedness Guide" at https://www.cdc.gov/cpr/zombie/ This is an excellent resource because a zombie apocalypse is a fast moving viral outbreak. It is the model they use because what you need to do to prepare is the same for any viral outbreak. It could be eboli, zika, or any new virus that comes onto the scene. The website includes a graphic novel, educational materials for teachers, and a link to a preparedness blog. It is a bit "tongue -in-cheek" but it gets the information across to a wide variety of people. It is a fun example that applies to any viral outbreak. There are also "additional resources" that lead to more scholarly works on preparedness.
Subject: Political Science
Where can I find information about different countries? Particularly about their government and the people that live there? What is a good starting point?
One excellent source for country information is "The World Factbook" published by the CIA. The URLfor the site is https://www.cia.gov/the-world-factbook/ Another good source for information about a country is the United Nations website. www.un.org There you can find data about most countries, their role in the United Nations, a country profile, and actions taken by the UN Assembly regarding the country. This is an excellent starting point for country information. Between these two sources you can find a plethora of information about a country. Normally one things of an encyclopedia, but unless you are talking about an encyclopedia that is updated regularly online, the information is likely to be outdated. These sites give you regularly updated information.
What criteria should I use to evaluate sources for credibility
There are many criteria that make a source more likely to be credible. One of the best to look at is Authority. Who is the author and what qualifies them to talk about the topic? Do they have an advanced degree in the subject area? Is it from an accredited university? Have they written other things on the same or a very similar topic? Have their works been cited? If they have the advanced degree from a good university, have written quite a bit on the topic and their works have been highly cited, then this is a primary criteria in a source being credible. Some other criteria can include when the information was written- is it the most up to date information on the topic - and is it published in a reputable place - a peer reviewed journal or by a university press. This should be good starting points for finding credible sources for your research.
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