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Resources Recommended Books

What are you going to search for?


Defining and Refining your topic. Start as specific as you can (x). Ask a question: what about x? Broaden or

narrow your x as you learn more about it, or as you learn that there just isnít enough material on specific x.


 x =                                                                          |  what about it?


Identify key words

Find books on your topic in the library catalog.

   Preliminary keyword search for background information: (defense, education, athletics, sports, shopping) - click Subject button

   For general books on the "future", type forecasts OR forecasting OR social prediction - click Subject button

Find articles in magazines and newspapers using Expanded Academic Index (Infotrac) or any of the databases
Advanced Search: (su ________ AND su forecasts)

Find web sites (Librarianís Index to the Internet)
                future studies OR (forecasting OR forecasts) NOT weather

Infomine ( Mix of free and fee-based sites
                (forecasting NOT weather)       




Everything should be read with a critical eye,

 but, documents on the Internet need

especially careful scrutiny. Itís too easy to post false and

misleading and incorrect material on the Internet,

where there is no editor or quality control. 


Guidelines for evaluating online resources

        Make sure you are in the right place.

Does this site address the topic you are researching? Did you learn anything? Was the page worth visiting?

When in doubt, doubt.

Is the information on the site documented? Do you think it is accurate? Did authors indicate their research methods or provide any supportive evidence for their conclusions?

Consider the source.

Who are the authors of the Web page? What gives them their expertise? By what authority do they write? Are the authors and their credentials clearly identified? Who is responsible for the site? Is this a commercial, governmental, personal, or academic Web site? From what country does it originate? (

Know what's happening.

What is the purpose of the site? Is the main purpose to inform, to persuade, or to sell you something? Is the site's text well written? Do you understand what is being said? What do you think has not been said that should be addressed?

Look at details.

Is the site well organized? Is all the information you needed on the top page or easily found on another page within the site? Are there misspelled words or examples of poor grammar? Do the site's links work? Are they evaluated or annotated in any way? Do they send you beyond the site to other reliable sources of information? Does the site offer anything unique? Does it tell you more than you could find out in an encyclopedia? Are the graphics on the page clear and helpful or distracting and confusing?

Distinguish Web pages from pages found on the Web.

Do you think this page was designed for the Web, or do you think it was originally something else? If it was originally something else, what something else was it?


Henderson, John R. I CYouSee: T Is For Thinking. 13 June 2000. 30 April 2004.