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Is your topic recent?

So recent that you are having trouble finding scholarly sources? Here are some useful strategies:

  • Find information on the topic’s context. There is no such thing as an isolated incident. Even an event that happened in the last hour developed out of historical conditions. Think about the policies, events, and rhetoric in which your topic is centered.
  • Find information on a similar past event and compare the two events as much as possible. Examples include another earthquake, hurricane, political unrest, nuclear disaster that happened in the past which you can use to relate to the current event
  • Find information on related themes. Such as the environmental impact of nuclear disaster, social and economic impact of political unrest, political aspects of nuclear disasters, etc.