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Strategic Intelligence

Welcome to the research guide for Strategic Intelligence

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Welcome to the the research guide for strategic intelligence.
Electronic resources are linked from here and from the library home page. You can also check to see what is in the PHC collection using our online catalog, Voyager. When using intelligence sources, it is imperative that you check the integrity of your sources, especially of websites that may or may not have a vested interest in a particular viewpoint. Library assistance is always available at askalibrarian@phc.edu

Defining your topic

  • Your project may include a specific country report or an analysis of current world leaders or a position policy report. Your instructor will provide the information on the specific type of project and the format required.
  • If you are doing your INT 313 report on Pakistan, you will be focusing on 4 key areas: 1) Worldview, 2) Relations with neighbors, 3) Military - civil relations, 4) Development of a civil society. 
  • Overview of the topic:   CIA World Fact Book for the country or countries involved.
  • Look for the names of persons, geographical locations, organizations, or events that you can use as keywords in future searches.
  • Council on Foreign Relations (easy to navigate structure)

Expand your search

  • Books in the PHC on campus collection can be searched in the library print catalog Voyager or in the library's ebook collection linked from the library home page.
    • Ebooks from EBSCO provides access to thousands of books selected for scholarship and authority in a number of diciplines. If you still can't find what you need, contact askalibrarian@phc.edu for assistance, as they may be able to quickly locate a scholarly work to support your research. 

Evaluate Your Sources (CARS)

  • Credible ? Is the author a recognized expert in the field? Is the organization publishing the document a recognized institution? Peer reviewed journals are good. Blogs may be acceptable if written by a credentialed expert and the author cites his authoritative sources.
  • Accurate?  Does the source show evidence of bias?  Are their potential advantages for the author in supporting a particular perspective, such as a financial or political advantage? Do you have a bias that would influence your choice of sources? 
  • Reasonable?  Is the argument presented logical and reasonable? Are their leaps of reason or logic? 
  • Supported ? Does the author cite sources for facts or conclusions presented? Do other expert support the author's perspective or conclusions? 

Your project may include everything from a country report, to an analysis of current world leaders, or a position policy report. Your instructor will provide the information on the specific type of project and the format desired.

Professional library assistance is available on campus, by phone at 540-441-8400, or by email at askalibrarian@phc.edu .

Research Tips

  • Citation help needed? Try OWL (Online Writing Lab) for Chicago/TurabianMLA, and APA styling formats. 
  • Search by subject: Once you have located one item in the catalog, you can click on the search term within the record to find other items on the same or similar subjects. Once you have located a helpful source, additional potential sources may be found in the item's bibliography.
  • Can't find what you need in the PHC collection? You can request an Interlibrary Loan through WorldCat . You will be notified by email when the item arrives in the library.
  • Research assistance is available in the library or by email at askalibrarian@phc.edu

Created: Watkins / Thornhill, 2015, 2016. Updated: Thornhill/Moughon, Middleton, 2019.



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