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Spanish Courses & Research: Websites
(includes Statistics)

A Few Recommended Websites

Your research may lead you to need statistics on this topic. The most up-to-date numbers are usually found on the web, but we also have a few books if you prefer searching that way.

In addition, business databases will often have articles where statitistics are quoted and are easier to find because the article itself will be about your topic (as opposed to scrolling through a lot of stats to find what you need).

Don't settle for just googling your keywords. Try these ideas:

  1. Look at some common authors for Latinx in the US sources. For example, you may notice the name Rogelio Saenz popping up a lot. Google his name to find more of his work, including his analysis of the rise of Latino/as at Texas A&M (which you could use as a model for using statistics in your own project).
  2. Think of types of websites that will give you the information you seek. For example, museums and community centers focusing on Latinx issues are great sources of information and often have links to other sites, plus neat ideas and images, etc. Some of those are linked below.
  3. Think creatively--think about this area of the country (a Latino business support network in Waterloo) or about groups that could form--like Contra-Tiempo, a dance group that celebrates Latino dance but also criticizes the devaluation of that culture.

1. Search the Spanish web: www.google.es

2. Use country-specific Google sites (usually structured like this):

3. Go into the Advanced Search screen and save preferences for results in Spanish.

A Few Advanced Google Searching Strategies:

 NOTE: you must leave no space between the colon and the keyword you include. Include a space afterwards between any additional keywords you might have.

  • site:org or site:gov
    • use site: when you want to limit to sites using a certain domain. You can use this to limit to .com, .edu and .gov. For your project, I recommend .org and .gov.
  • inurl:[name of organization, the word bathroom, or whatever]
    • This is useful if you receive too many unrelated results. Include this limiter to narrow down to sites that use a specific word or phrase in their url.
      • This can backfire, because it is difficult to guess what people might name their website.
  • link:[paste link of site you liked]
    • This is useful if you want to see what other sites link to the site you like. This could show how well-known the site or organization is or show you other organizations that work with that one.
  • related:[paste link of site you liked]
    • It is mysterious what criteria Google uses to find something “similar” to a site you liked, but it’s worth a try if you have difficulty getting results that are similar.
  • Use the Advanced Search screen to get some of these abilities without having to reproduce them, including a “last updated” limiter: http://www.google.com/advanced_search
  • See more tips at https://sites.google.com/site/resourcesandsearchstrategies/google/advanced-searching-in-google
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SIFT - Action plan to start evaluating

STOP then choose ONE of the next actions (you do not do all 3!)

 


Choose to investigate a source when you find something you think you'll want to read and cite.

  1. Add Wikipedia to the base url or author's name and search it.
  2. Check the Wikipedia page for quick credibility markers (that's where you can apply PATS).
  3. If there is no Wikipedia page, find something similar--preferably outside the original source.

 

Choose to find better, more trusted coverage when you come across a claim you'd like to use but want to cite a better source.

  1. Google the key terms. Use Google News if it's a news-worthy item; use Google Scholar if would be covered in a researched study.
  2. Snopes is okay to check for fake news, but always double-check citations.
  3. If it is an image, you can easily reverse-image search if you are in Chrome.

 

Choose to trace claims to their origin when you need to find who said it first.

  1. Google the key terms if your first source has no mention of the origin OR Google the actual terms if the source does mention the origin OR Follow any hyperlinked sources if they exist.
  2. Once you determine you are at the original source, use PATS to decide if the source is right for you.