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Assignment Description

Over the course of the semester, students will be required to track a topic of personal interest and importance related to American government and politics (GOVT 201) or American foreign policy (GOVT 202).  Students will locate sources discussing, analyzing, debating, etc., this topic (videos, photographs, news articles, tweets, etc.) and post these sources to Padlet.

Locating Sources

There are a number of ways for you to locate resources related to your topic. The database and site links below can provide a starting point in your research.  Do not feel limited to only using the sites listed below.

Evaluating Sources

The CRAAP Test is a way to evaluate (vet) your sources to make sure you are using the most accurate and up to date information for your research. The world is full of information, and it can overwhelm a researcher, using the CRAAP test to see if the information is rightly valuable is the mark of a good scholar.

Currency: the timeliness of the information

Relevance: the importance of the information for your needs

Authority: the source of the information

Accuracy: the reliability, truthfulness, and correctness of the content, and

Purpose: the reason the information exists

For a more in-depth description of the CRAAP test, check out this libguide.


Padlet is a sophisticated blogging tool that allows users to capture sources and post online for public consumption. 

You will need to create a Padlet in order to post your sources along with their 3-5 sentence synthesis explaining and analyzing the information in the source. Once you have signed up and created your Padlet, you can click here to learn more about how to use the platform.