Charles Theodore Frere (1814-88) The Road to the Pyramids, oil on canvas (image courtesy of Bridgeman Education)
ASOR’s Cultural Heritage Initiatives is a cooperative agreement between ASOR and the U.S. Department of State that is designed to document, protect, and preserve the cultural heritage of war-torn Syria and northern Iraq.
ASOR’s Cultural Heritage Initiatives implements cultural property protection by:
1. Documenting damage
2. Promoting global awareness
3. Planning emergency and post-war responses
In general the sources you find on your reading lists and through the University Library Catalogue have already been peer reviewed as sources appropriate for tertiary study and analysis. Unfortunately the same does not apply to sources you find on the internet. It is therefore necessary for you to do some critical analysis of the sites you browse before you decide that they are appropriate sources for your University writing tasks. You are looking for objectivity; credibility and accuracy.
Some suggested guidelines are listed as follows:
The Evaluating web pages link highlights some of the finer points of evaluating web pages as sources.
Google is what we all use for short cuts to information. At University the writing process is different so it is important to view Google searches more critically. There are some suggestions on this page.
Why it matters is because your writing will be assessed according to you abilities to demonstrate how informed you are on the topic. Have you read the major writers on the topic? are there important dissenting views?
Apart from synthesizing the arguments you must document the sources you have used. In general academic/ peer reviewed sources will be more highly regarded with your Lecturers and tutors.This is why we recommend searching the Library databases, however Google Scholar is also more tailored to academic research.
Compare your search topic in Google Scholar as well as the recommended Political databases and make up your own mind. Both approaches are acceptable.
Note that in politics there are also many valuable websites. In particular government and official organisations websites; online newspapers; political parties, research institutes, and think tanks.