Sarah Elichko / Social Sciences Librarian
February 18, 2019
"In the overwhelming majority of newspapers across the continent, news about the rest of Africa comes via the usual sources, principally Reuters, the Associated Press, Agence France Presse (AFP) and the BBC." - Simon Allison, The Guardian (2013)
Go to Google News and search:
Go to AllAfrica.com and do the same search.
Focus on the news sources included on each site. What do you notice?
Compare recent social media posts with coverage in news outlets:
• Keep your news results open.
• Go to TrendsMap and look up your country
(or try a major city).
• How much overlap is there?
• What else do you notice?
"The search terms I have chosen encode a tacit hypothesis..."
Importance of searching intentionally
- Ted Underwood, "Theorizing Research Practices We Forgot to Theorize 20 Years Ago"
Go to the Research Guide, then to Finding Scholarly Books & Articles.
Click the S next to ProQuest Social Sciences (database). Search for: Nigeria election
Keeping your keyword the same, compare results for:
- Anywhere search
- Anywhere except full text (ALL)
- Subject search
Keep a list of search terms
Consider what search elements you can modify to improve your results:
- Subject / Location
- Type of source (journal, magazine)
- Research tool
Re-sort results to get a different view
Consider the relevant historical factors:
• What are the origins of the issue/problem? (When?)
• Is this history contested?
Assess the political nature of the issue of focus:
• What are the interests and policies of the most
• Whose interests may be marginalized? Under-represented?