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GEOG 123 The Developing World: Finding International News

Library Instruction Objectives

GOAL: To locate current news stories on the developing world from foreign & U.S. news sources.

LEARNING OBJECTIVES:

STEP 1: Start browsing topics from a specific country (BBC News or BBC News Country Profiles may be a great place to start).

  • UNDP.org is a great place to see what's happening with the Sustainable Development Goals (these are the updated & expanded Millennium Development Goals) in your country.
  • MDG Progress Reports by Country (some of these may not be in English; use Google Translate). While you are writing on the Sustainable Development Goals, they were just launched in 2016, so these older Millennium Development Goal progress reports may still be helpful in your research.
  • Country Overviews. From the UNDP.org webpage, click on "Around the World" (the very small link at the top of the page), then select your country.

​​STEP 2:  Locate foreign & U.S. news sources:

  • Use the library's subscription news databases to perform a search with your country and topic.
  • Limit a newspaper search in Google Advanced to the specific country code (use the ISO two-letter code from this site) of your country of choice. Your search should have the word news and the ISO two-letter code in the box labeled "all these words."

STEP 3:  Be sure to VERIFY that the newspapers you are finding originate from your target country.

 

Alternatives for North Korea

Sources from some countries like North Korea are nearly impossible to find. Your professor has provided two sources that ARE acceptable for North Korea:

 

Setting Your Browser to Automatically Translate Languages

Chrome:
Open the Chrome menu, click "Settings," click "Show Advanced Settings," and click the box next to "Offer to translate pages that aren't in a language I read" so that a check mark appears in the box. Once you navigate to a webpage in another language, the translation bar will appear at the top of the screen. Click "Translate" to translate the page into English. Then click on Options and select “Always translate this language to English.”

Firefox:
Download the Google Translate extension.

Safari:
Download the Google Translate extension.

Internet Explorer:
Navigate to the web page that you want to translate. Click the Translate button on Bing Bar.

Recommended Resouces

Online Resources for International News Sources

Tips for Identifying the Origin of a Source

When using LexisNexis:

  • Click on the "Source information" icon (the i in a circle) at the bottom of each full-text article to see the publisher's information.
  • Narrow your search using "within paragraph" instead of AND: In the Advanced Search option, look under "Build Your Own Segment Search." The rectangular box all the way to the right that says "w/p" in it is the "within paragraph" option. Using that enables you to find sources in which your search terms occur in the same paragraph. NOTE: Be sure that one search term comes before "w/p" and one search term after "w/p"; your search won't work properly otherwise.
  • Use the links in the left-hand column on the Results page to limit your search by publication name, geographic location, etc.

For news sources found online, search the website for clues about its country of origin: