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FIRST!!!! Find a Poet & Choose a Poem
Biography Reference Bank Find biographical information on a poet by searching the poet's name. OR, find a poet by searching the demonym of the name of your country and the word, "poet." For example, if your country is the United States, you would enter: American poet.
Your Country: Facts & Background
CIA World Factbook
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
If the CIA World Factbook doesn't have all the background information you need, search for information about your country using these encyclopedias.
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.
Below are image-sharing websites. Be sure to use Google's reverse image search to check accuracy! Don't see a reverse-search tool? Follow this step-by-step guide. 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.
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.
These recommended information sources are already vetted by the QVCC librarian. YOU are responsible for evaluating the credibility of any additional 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 theABCD method to evaluate web and image sources.
ABCD Evaluation Tool - Word Doc
ABCD Evaluation Tool - Google Doc