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SPAN 301/302: Advanced Spanish

This course guide will help you locate information in English and Spanish for your research project in Advanced Spanish.

Evaluating Resources

Criteria to always keep in mind when evaluating information. These criteria can be applied to both online and print resources.

Author

Who wrote it? What are their credentials or affiliations?

Audience

Who is it written for? What kind of language is used?

Purpose/Intent

What is the purpose? To inform? Sell? Sway your opinion?

Bias

Is the information presented objectively?

Currency/Date

When was it published or written?

Relevance

How relevant is it to your topic?

Scope

Is the information either too specific or too general for your purposes?

Concept Mapping

Concept maps are tools that help you brainstorm ideas, focus your topic, and identify possible keywords to create search strategies. Use a concept map to:

  • Identify key concepts (Who, what, where, when, why)
  • Add clarification terms to focus the topic
  • Identify synonyms to use in search strategies

 

Topic Ideas- Combine terms with a country or region of interest

Censorship

Children's rights

Disappeared persons

Drug trafficking

Economic development

Education

Emigration

Freedom of the press

Free trade

Health

Human rights

Human rights violations

Human trafficking

Indigenous peoples

MERCOSUR

NAFTA

Oppression

Political persecution

Political violence

Poverty

Religious freedom

Reproductive rights

Slavery

State-sponsored terrorism

Torture

Truth Commissions

Women's rights