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          Winston Churchill High School Media Center
                               Foreign Policy Issues

Information Literacy Skills
       Students will demonstrate the ability to locate and use information resources,
        equipment and other technologies effectively and efficiently.
       Students will demonstrate the ability to review, evaluate and select media.
       Students will demonstrate the ability to learn and apply reading, research and
        critical thinking skills to organize, and synthesize information in order to
        communicate new understanding.
       Students will cite the sources they used to gather information for this project.

A             Ask and Clarify Questions

Identify your research problem or question.
Read about the issue.
Analyze the problem and develop questions.

G                 Gather Information

Gather keywords bases on questions.
Choose the best source of information (books, internet and periodicals).
Search for the information.
Record notes and bibliographic information.

       We have already pulled the public policy books. Please ask and we will show you
        where they are. Use the table of contents and the index in order to find specific

Subscription Databases Passwords available from the Media Center and on Edline.

** Foreign Policy and Public Policy issues are in these databases and websites. You will
have to scroll through the list to find the foreign policy issues.

       Facts on File: Issues and Controversies See right and click on the link, “Access all
        topics” for a longer list. Most topics are US focused, but can find public policy
        issues as well.
       SIRS See right side of page, “Your Top 10 Pro v. Con”, and click the link,
        “More Issues” for an overview of many topics, including the topics in the news
       Proquest There are many articles, newspapers, magazines and journals with
        articles topics relating to current presidential issues. Enter your keywords into the
        search box. To combine key words, click on “Advanced Search”
       Global Issues in Context There is an interactive map to access the issues and see
        where they are globally.
       Student Resources in Context Articles about your foreign policy topic are
        available in this database.

Internet Sites
     created by college and high school students to focus on the
       C- Span
       Wall Street Journal: Political News
       ABC: Politics
       CBS Top Political News
       Fox News: Politics
       CNN World
       NPR: Politics
       Government Information Foreign and Public Policy issues. This is a great site as
        it gives government sites, indexes and directories, interest groups and other
        political sites, and research and educational sites.

O       Organize Information and Prepare Conclusions
Summarize your findings.
Draw conclusions and inferences.
Use a graphical organizer or note cards to arrange the information.

P          Prepare Materials to Present
Decide the best medium(s) to use to communicate the information.
Prepare the first draft of a written paper or speech or prepare a script and/or story.
Prepare a Works Cited page.
Resources Available in the Media Center
   Scanner—you may scan images from our print sources and then use the image in
     your PowerPoint or written presentation.
   Color Laser Printer—the cost for use is $.25 for plain paper and $1.00 for color

       Photocopier—copies may be made for $.15 per copy.

Works Cited Page
   The works cited page records the specific location of each source used.
       Remember that typically, criticisms are published by authors and then those
        individual criticisms are gathered into a reference book published by an editor.
        Both the author and the editor will need to be listed in your citation.
       MLA citation examples can be found at
       Noodletools can assist you in writing your citations. Use the “Works Cited
        Template” to gather information about your source.
       The citation given at the end of online database articles are usually general in
        nature, i.e., you probably need to revise it to fit into the style of MLA.

P         Present and Access Information

Revise your first draft. Revise again if necessary.
Prepare your final product.
Present the product to your audience.
Evaluate your process and product.

        According to Write for College, “Plagiarism is the presentation of another writer’s
        ideas or words as if they were your own, without acknowledging the source”

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