Middle College – Current Events

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About this guide

This guide provides Middle College students with recommended resources for weekly current events assignments. Use the tabs to navigate through the pages of the guide.

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Books+ (search for library books, ebooks, and articles)

To access online library resources from off campus, enter your Pipeline username and password when prompted.

  • Print books – Click “availability” to find the book’s call number (shelf location)
  • eBooks – Click “view now” then click contents to open and read
  • Explore the Advanced Search

Online Library Databases

To access online library resources from off campus, enter your Pipeline username and password when prompted.

Encyclopedia Articles

Debate and Current Events Articles

Magazine and Journal Articles

Newspaper Articles

  • Newspapers
    1. Click “full text” box for articles you can read online
      Explore the Advanced Search

For a full list of library databases click here.

Evaluating Websites

Figuring out whether the information you find online is credible enough for college research can be challenging. Use the P.R.O.V.E.N. Source Evaluation Questions to help you determine whether the sources you find are credible:

  • Purpose: How and why the source was created. Is it intended to educate, inform, persuade, sell, or entertain? Do the authors, publishers, or sponsors state this purpose, or try to disguise it? Why was this information published in this particular type of source (book, article, website, blog, etc.)? Is the source designed for the general public, students, or experts?
  • Relevance: The value of the source for your needs. Does the type of source meet your assignment’s requirements? Does the information answer your question, support your argument, or add something to your knowledge of the topic? Is it too general or too specific? Is it too basic or too advanced?
  • Objectivity: The reasonableness and completeness of the information. Do the authors present the information thoroughly and professionally? Is it fact or opinion? Is it biased? Do the authors use strong, emotional, manipulative, or offensive language? Do they leave out, or make fun of, important facts or alternative perspectives?
  • Verifiability: The accuracy and truthfulness of the information. Do the authors support the information they present with strong factual evidence? Do they cite or provide links to other sources? What do experts say about the topic? Can you verify the information in other credible sources? Does the source contradict itself, include false statements, or misrepresent other sources?
  • Expertise: The authority of the creators of the source. What makes the authors, publishers, or sponsors of the source authorities on the topic? Do they have related education, experience, or other expertise? Do they provide an important alternative perspective? Has the source been reviewed in some way, such as by an editor or through peer review?
  • Newness: The age of the information. Is your topic in an area that requires current information (such as science, technology, or current events), or could information found in older sources still be useful? When was the information presented in the source first published or posted? Are newer sources available that would add important information to your understanding of the topic?

Recommended Websites

For more help locating reliable information online, see the Finding Credible Web Sources research guide.

  • Google Advanced Search
  • Try limiting domain (.edu or .gov) and filetype (pdf) to find more credible and relevant sources on the Internet.