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COMM 337 Burns: Reference

Endings can indicate reliability

Sometimes, you can judge how reliable website information is by noting the URL ending.

.GOV - refers to a government website. Highly reliable.

.EDU - often refers to a reliable educational website.

.ORG - implies a non-profit ORGanization. Approach with skepticism.

.COM - stands for "Commerce" and is used for business. Information on such a website will contain a large amount of bias. Approach with skepticism.

Country overviews

CIA World Fact Book - Authoritative overviews of country data.

GlobalEDGE: Country Insights - press and media freedom rankings across the globe.

Statistics and Legal information

Statistics from the International Telecommunication Union
Links to national organizations providing statistics on telecommunication. Links compiled by the International Telecommunication Union.

UN Data -  ‚ÄčWorld Telecommunication/ICT Indicators Database, IT


The Constitute Project- even if the "comparator" function does not work, you can simply look up constitutions and do your own side-by-side analyses.

Yes, Wikipedia but use it as a path to authoritative sources, ok?

Nigeria --> Media in Nigeria

Identify government, academic publisher, and official country sources.

Locate those sources. If you can't access or get it, you can't really know what it contains or how it is relevant to your project.

If the library doesn't have it, use Interlibrary Loan.