Dartmouth Debate Library Research Guide

Space Specific Suggestions

Up to Date News Sources
NASA Breaking News (RSS) -
SpaceDaily News (RSS)
New Scientist Space News (RSS)
Discovery News Space News (RSS)

Space Critique Resources:

Academic Journals
Lots of databases where you can access Space Journals
Space Policy - An Academic International Journal (Accessible through the Dartmouth library)
Aviation Week & Space Technology - (Accessible through the Dartmouth library)
Lots of E-Journals relating to Space -(All Accessible through Dartmouth)

Think Tanks
Space Policy Online
National Space Society
The Space Policy Institute
Marshall Institute


Dartmouth Library Catalog
WorldCat is a useful search engine like Google Scholar or Ebsco. It is especially useful for searching through Masters and Doctoral theses.
Google Books
When using Google Books, you can take a screen shot of the book, save the file as a PDF, and then use OCR software/services to convert the text to word format. If you find a good card in a book, go to the library and check the book out. A good strategy is to check 20 pages before and 20 pages after that page.

Scholarly Journals

Search 360
This is a relatively complicated search engine, but if you have the patience for a very broad search of all of Dartmouth's databases this can do it.
Google Scholar
While on Dartmouth Secure check the "Resources @ Dartmouth" link either next to or under the title of the article--it will list several databases that the article is available in and will often include an html format of the article. If you find a useful article, click the "Cited by" link under the article title; this will give you all of the articles that cite that article and may be equally useful. At home, use Google Scholar to get article citations that you can ILL from your school or local library, and try the "Search the Web" function.
Project Muse
Project Muse is especially useful for critical articles but also has other humanities topics, particularly democracy studies. Most Project Muse articles are also available in HTML and PDF formats (so if you're using Google Scholar always look to see if an article is available via Project Muse).
Science Direct
In addition to science-related materials, Science Direct offers a number of humanities articles. Following footnotes in Science Direct is especially easy because most of the articles in the footnotes section are directly linked to the full text. Science Direct will also find related articles for you, which will usually pop up in a scrollable box on the right side of a page of an article.
Columbia International Affairs Online (CIAO)


When using Google, use general searches and terms. Google doesn't think like debaters, so instead of doing a search like "poverty high" search "poverty" "levels". Also, check out the Google Cheat Sheet for other useful search techniques in Google.
Google Proximity Search
This function allows you to search for terms within 1-3 words of each other. For example, you can search for articles where the term "state governments" appears within 1-3 words from "social services" in either direction.
Think Tanks
Columbia Univ Africa Resources

News Articles

Google News
Allows you to search recent news articles on any subject. In the advanced Google News search you can choose dates to search after or in between, or limit out publications from certain countries or regions.
If using LexisNexis, try using the "Power Search" option and make sure to search all news (listed as "News, All" under the sources category). While you are at the Academic main page, try using the Legal resources for law reviews, federal and state court cases, and briefs. Also check out LexisNexis congressional publicationsto search congressional testimony, hearings, and reports.
Factiva is very similar to LexisNexis in terms of search techniques. Unlike LexisNexis, Factiva has fulltext access to the Wall Street Journal.

Helpful Resources About Debate and Electronic Research

General Info

Dictionary of Debate Terms
Flowing Template


The word on the street is the new hotness for (not Macs) is ScreenOCR
The staff strongly recommends a screen shot or other pdf and then upload it to google docs - the ocr process there works extremely well.
Otherwise, your best bet is to use OneNote, which comes with Microsoft Word 2007 or later on PCs. Here are instructions for installing it and using it.
Online OCR
PDF-to-Word converter
Ensode (to unlock pdfs)
Free Ocr (web-based)
FreeOcr (for PC)


del.icio.us (Social bookmarking)

Google Search Appliance for indexing
Google Reader (to keep track of Think Tanks, etc with RSS feeds)
Subscribe to useful think tanks and websites--they will send you an update in your Google Reader for new publications, events, etc. Also use the reader to subscribe to specific searches through Google and Google News. For example, Google News can send you every article containing "Obama" AND "political capital."
Google Alerts
Page2RSSFeed (to convert any page to an RSS feed for your google reader)

Policy Experts
Allows you to search for and link to think tanks, organizations and experts specializing in various issue areas (like poverty).

Zotero (for FireFox)