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Phi Theta Kappa Honors in Action

A research guide for the Honors in Action project completed by members of Phi Theta Kappa.

(2020-2021)

Research question: How can individuals gather truthful information from news sources? What role does information literacy or media literacy play in ensuring individuals can seek and find accurate information?

(Based on Honors Study Topic To the Seventh Generation: Inheritance and Legacy)

  • To target government websites (for statistics or government-funded studies), add site:.gov to your Google search. 
  • Try the Directory of Open Access Journals for peer-reviewed articles freely available online: https://doaj.org/
  • If RVCC does not have access to full text of a needed article, use Interlibrary Loan to get it. Ask Janelle or another librarian if you need help.
  • Search the Internet, use Wikipedia, or utilize one of the library's Research Starter databases to learn more about your topic and look for synonyms and related terms to use in your searches.
  • Other keywords to try/combine to create complex searches (presented in alphabetical order, not ranked by usefulness):
Accuracy Gossip
Accurate "Information literacy"
Authority Inquiry
Bias "Media influence"
Censorship "Media literacy"
"Confirmation Bias" Misinformation
"Critical analysis" News
"Critical thinking" Propaganda
Disinformation Rumor
Evaluate Truth
"Fake news" Website


Recommended databases:

(Some of these may provide scholarly articles while others offer reference articles or popular sources. If you are not sure what kind of source you found, please ask Janelle or another librarian!)