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Geography: GEOG 202

A general subject guide covering library resources for Geography.

StoryMap Assignment

For your StoryMap assignment you will need to find a variety of sources - academic, non-academic, and images - to tell the story of the supply chain you selected. You will need academic and non-academic sources, as well as images and/or videos, to populate your StoryMap.

Using Google Advanced Search

Get more focused results from your search box with these selected operators:


" " Search keywords next to each other in a phrase, e.g. "food truck"
* a wildcard or placeholder, e.g. "market * report"
- use the dash to exclude (no space after-) e.g. Tesla -car
.. number range (no spaces), e.g. 1999..2001
site: limit your search to a specific site or domain (no space after :), e.g. coffee; sports
filetype: limit your search to a specific file extension (no space after :) e.g. coffee supply chain filetype:pdf
inurl: search term appears in results URL
intitle: search term appears in the title of the web page
AROUND(#) search terms within a certain number of words of each other (proximity), e.g. Tesla AROUND(2) car

You can also build a search using the Google Advanced Search Interface


Evaluating Online Resources with Lateral Reading

Lateral reading is the process of investigating the credibility of a source while you are reading it. 

Use the strategies and ask the questions that professional fact-checkers use:

  • Go beyond the "about" page of the site you're reading.
  • Search for articles by other writers on the same topic.
  • Search for articles about the site you're reading.

Ask the following:

  • Who funds or sponsors the site where the original piece was published?
  • What do other authoritative sources have to say about that site?
  • When you do a search on the topic of the original piece, are the initial results from fact-checking organizations?
  • Have questions been raised about other articles the author has written?
  • Does what you’re finding elsewhere contradict the original piece?
  • Are credible news outlets reporting on (or perhaps more important, not reporting on) what you’re reading?

from "Expand Your View with Lateral Reading," News Literacy Project.

Copyright-compliant image searching

In a typical assignment, you don't have to worry about the licensing terms of a photograph - as long as you cite your source you are able to use almost any image you find online or in a print source. If you're going to "publish" something things are a little different - and we're going to think of our StoryMaps as a published item. When we're publishing something (that is, sharing is broadly online or in print) we need to make sure that we have the right to re-share the images we include. The easiest way to do this is to search in sources we trust to provide us with the complete and correct licensing information for images.

Important note: While some Creative Commons (CC) licenses do not specify that you need to make attribution (give credit) to the creator - even if this is the case you must properly cite the image for your assignment

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