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Cornerstone - UNIV 1000
by Angie Cox, Anne Marie Gruber, Chris Neuhaus - Last Updated Oct 20, 2016
This guide will help you locate topics, sources of information, and provide you with suggestions on where and how to search.
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Questions to Consider

This activity should help you begin to explore your advocacy project topic. Use the sources you gather to give you a start for your situation analysis/project proposal, advocacy materials, and group presentation.


Working together with your group, review your group's questions (linked below by section) and explore the sources suggested provided on the library research guide to find answers.

The questions document saves changes automatically. Please edit in your group’s section only & don’t edit above the line. :)


  • Open the questions in a new tab. Respond directly below each question.
  • Number each response to match the questions.
  • Don't forget to cite your sources. Just a URL is fine.
  • Explore! If you can't find an answer, include other relevant information you come across that is interesting or surprising.
  • Try advanced Google searching tips on this page.
  • Be ready to share with the class what you learned, how you feel, and what you want to do next.



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