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Physics and Society, International Energy

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Picking a Topic

Start by examining your assignment, which you can find here.

Next, you'll want to examine the statistics on the IEA websiteYou can start by examining the data link in the upper right corner of the screen, or check out the IEA Country reports and charts, as linked below:

You can also try a Google news search. For example, a search of "Geothermal Energy Honduras." can give you helpful headlines.

Finding Articles

Now that you've looked at the Encyclopedia entry for your country, as well as the IEA statistics, take a moment to see what has been happening with energy in your country in the following databases.

Evaluate Websites

While you're doing Google searches to either narrow your topic or in order to dig up more information on certain subject, you want to be careful to decide if the information you find is trustworthy.

When it comes to science, nearly everyone has opinions: should we be labeling genetically modified food for consumer's awareness? What will fracking do for our economy or our groundwater supply? Your job is to evaluate the information you can find through Google and Bing to find the good websites--those written by authors you can trust, with good and up-to-date information.

Authorship: Who created this website? What is their background on the topic? Are they trustworthy?

Bias: Why was the website created? What point of view does the author have? Does that limit the facts they present or how the facts are presented?

Date: How old is the information that is presented? Is it still accurate?

Questions? Check out the COD Library's guide to evaluating information.


Need some help putting together citations?  Check out the helpful links below: 


Remember that both US Newsstream and Academic Search Complete will create citations for you, as well.


Want software to create citations for you? Check out the database below:

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