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Your Country: Facts & Backbround
CIA World Factbook
This credible, accurate source is easy to use. Choose your country from the drop-down menu to find details on history, peoples, government & politics, economy & industry, and geography. Maps, flags and images, too. Free online access.
Gale Virtual Reference Library
Looking for more information on the culture of your country? Try this library resource - it will search many encyclopedias for articles about your country. You will be prompted to log in using your MyCommnet Net ID and password.
Your Country: Official Websites
- Using Google or your favorite Internet search engine, search for [ Name of Country ] Ministry of Tourism. Look at the results list carefully to be sure you use the official ministry website. Get official marketing information about unique places, cultural events, attractions, and unique traditions. You will often find lots of colorful images here as well. Gather the information needed to cite this source.
- Using Google or your favorite search engine, search for [ Name of Country ] embassy United States. Look at the results carefully. Choose your country's embassy in the United States. Here you will find official information about your country, published by that country's government, and in the English-language. Gather the information needed to cite this source.
Your Country: Tourist Destinations & Local Festivals
TRAVEL SITES: You might want to look for legitimate travel websites for information and images. Be sure to verify what you find--check the information and images with official government websites, the CIA World Factbook, or encyclopedia resources.
Britannica Image Quest
- What it is: Millions of rights-cleared images from a wide range of sources with citations provided. Search for specific image or browse by collections, popular results, and through subject albums. Stock photos and clip art available.
- Who It Is Great For: All Students
Below are image-sharing websites. Be sure to use Google's reverse image search to check accuracy! Drill down and find out about the photographer, too. Should you trust that the image is really what s/he claims it is? Gather the information needed to cite these sources.
300 million images and growing. Improved seaching. More information for citations.
Flickr / Creative Commons
4 million + photos. Find source attribution information by scrolling below the selected image.
40 million media files. Scroll below selected image to find source attribution information.
1 million photos and art illustrations. Follow photographers' links to find source attribution information.
Don't cite Google! Choose the [VISIT PAGE] option to find source attribution information for each image.
Finding and Evaluating Websites
YOU are responsible for evaluating the credibility of any source you find on your own. The credibility of images is your responsibility, too. Photo management sites do not assume responsibility for accuracy or authenticity. Try the ABCD method to evaluate source credibility.
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