Developing Country Research Links
WVSS Library Website: http://www.sd45slc.ca/
WVSS Library catalogue: http://sd45library.sd45.bc.ca/
Noodle Tools: http://www.noodletools.com/
Starting your research
- Open a Noodle Tools project for this assignment. Use MLA style and Junior setting. Keep track of your sources as you go.
- Find a variety of good-quality academic sources for your research
Check the library catalogue to see if there is an up-to-date book on your country.
WVSS Library catalogue: http://sd45library.sd45.bc.ca/
To cite the book, use the title page to find the information required or use the ISBN number shortcut.
Databases and Reference Sources accessed via the library webpage (passwords required)
General Reference Encyclopedias: World Book and Britannica. These sources are written by credible experts and are updated frequently. http://www.sd45slc.ca/encyclopedias.html
Type the name of your country into the search bar then select it from the list of options.
Both encyclopedias offer a country comparison feature.
For Britannica select "compare countries" from the home page and find your countries in the drop down menus.
For World Book, log into the kids level and choose compare places, then select countries, and enter the two countries to compare.
Cite this source as a reference source (encyclopedia) that you got from a database.
In Britannica, select the check mark for a ready-made citation.
Also try some of the sources they suggest under “Web’s Best Sites”. Britannica has vetted these sites as good quality sources.
In World Book, to cite, scroll to the bottom of the page for a ready-made citation and to see who the author is, or click on My Research Tools and select citation.
Databases (passwords required)
Global Issues in Context is a database with up to date profiles on countries. http://infotrac.galegroup.com/itweb/45wvst?db=GIC
Type your country into the search bar. Look for the reference section of resources. Scroll down the reference sources until you come to the WorldMark Encyclopedia of the Nations Country Overview. Click on this source and focus on the information in economic and social development.
Click on citation tools for a ready-made citation for this reference source.
Be sure to assess the quality and credibility of websites that you find online.
Consider who wrote it and what their credentials are.
Consider limiting your searches to certain domains. (.edu. .gc.ca .gov etc)
Canadian Government Source
Foreign Affairs, Trade and Development Canada is a federal government department that provides aid programs to 25 developing Countries around the world.
Find your country on their website http://www.international.gc.ca/development-developpement/countries-pays/index.aspx?lang=eng
Cite this source as a website. The publisher is the Government of Canada, there is no author. The website is Foreign Affairs, Trade and Development Canada, the webpage will be the title of your country.
American Government Source
CIA World Factbook – A publication of the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) of the U.S. Government that contains facts and statistics on countries and locations worldwide. https://www.cia.gov/library/publications/the-world-factbook/index.html
Select your Country from the drop down menu.
Cite this source as a website, the publisher will be the US Government. There is no author. The website is called Central Intelligence Agency, the Webpage is World Factbook and the name of your country.
Non-Governmental Organization Sources
Global Humanitarian Assistance Organization is a non-governmental organization that provides independent and objective data on aid given to areas in crisis.
Click on Country Profiles to find out how much aid your Country has received and their history of receiving aid. http://www.globalhumanitarianassistance.org/country-profiles
Cite this source as a website, the website name is Global Humanitarian Assistance, the webpage is the name of your Country. There is no author stated for the country profiles, just a team of authors for the whole website.
The World Bank is a non-governmental organization that provides financial and technical assistance to developing countries around the world. Their aim is to end extreme poverty and boost shared prosperity. http://www.worldbank.org/en/country
Browse the list of countries and read the overview.
Cite this source as a website. The website is The World Bank, the webpage is Overview for the name of your country. There is no author for the country overviews.
The United Nations Keeps statistics on the world’s countries in its World Statistics Pocketbook. Select your Country from the list on the left.
United Nations Development Program maintains statistics specifically on human development indicators http://hdr.undp.org/en/countries
Cite these UN sources as websites.
Population Reference Bureau (PRB.org) PRB is a private non-profit organization whose mission is to inform people around the world about population, health, and the environment, and empower them to use that information to advance the well-being of current and future generations. BRP’s work is funded by private foundations, government agencies and individual donors.
Select Datafinder then find your country under the list of international countries.
International News Source
BBC News Country Profiles: The British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC) has created brief profiles of every country in the world. Select your country with the drop down menu in each continent heading. http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/country_profiles/default.stm
Even though it is a news organization, we cite this source as a website. There is no author for these profiles. The website is BBC News and the webpage is Country Profile.