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JPST 250 Intro. to Justice and Peace Virden: Profiles

A course guide for the Dougherty Family College (DFC) sections of JPST 250 taught by Ryan Virden

Who cares about your issue?

Organizations and government agencies

Non-governmental organizations, non-profits and government agencies are great sources for background information, statistical reports, current perspectives and personal stories on a topic.  

On Google,  search for your topic along with either or

Try these organizations if you are having trouble finding stories:

Human Rights Watch

U.S. Department of State

United Nations Human Rights Council - countries section


News articles

News articles often feature personal stories as "attention grabbers" as well as including contain interviews with people from interested organizations.

Is this source authoritative?

Who is the author? (Remember that authors can be organizations or institutions.)


Consider the organizational affiliation of the author - respected organizations publish the work of respected authors!

What makes the author an "expert" in the field he or she is writing about?

  • What are his or her qualifications?
  • Does he or she have education or work experience in the field?
  • Can you contact the author? Are there telephone numbers, addresses and/or email addresses listed?
  • Has he or she published anything else about the subject?

from:  "Evaluating for credible, authoritative, reliable sources: Authority "  Accessed 1/25/2021