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ENG 101: Finding Background Resources

Subject-Specific Encyclopedias/Databases



BlogSearchEngine.Org:  Tool for searching many blogs including .gov, .edu, .org as well as .com sites.

Search Blog Spot:: Tool for searching blogs that are on Blogspot (a free blog creation/hosting site sponsored by Google.

Government Sources and Statistics

Popular Magazines

Magazines on Google: Some popular magazines found on Google.

Nonprofit Organization and NGOs

Great Nonprofits Near Me: You can see a list and descriptions of nonprofits in Chicago. When you have located the organization you want, find the site on the Web.

Worldwide NGO Directory: Find NGOs by searching the country and area of activity. When you have found the desired NGO, you can find their site on the Web.

An alphabetical list of NGOs in the United States

Sources for Food Issues

Food First: Exploring Myths & Inspiring Change: Website (also known as the Institute for Food and Development Policy) for a nonprofit organization that uses education, research and action to end injustices that cause hunger.

Public Health & Social Justice: Website containing articles and slide shows about many topics (including genetically-modified organisms, food irradiation, agricultural antibiotics, food justice, and sustainable agriculture.

Evaluating Websites

1. Websites must be evaluated

Use of Wikipedia

Main site: Wikipedia

How it should be used:

  • Gather background information
  • Generate search terms
  • Find other resources in bibliography/reference section

Cannot be cited because:

  • Currency (No guarantee when specific information has been updated)
  • Authority (Authors cannot be identified; not necessarily experts)
  • Point of View (Do not know if author has bias)