Friday, May 3, 2013

Arab Spring

Mr. Phillips assignment

Mr. Phillips recommends (these are all cataloged in Destiny under Digital Resources):

Questions to consider:

1. History of the protests

  • When did protests begin?
  • What were/are people protesting?
  • How did the government respond?
  • What has been the result?

2. Situation Today

  • What is happening in your country now?
  • Who is in charge of the government?
  • Will there be elections? If so, when?
  • What key challenges does the country face today?

3. Point of View/Responses

  • Have international organizations (for example, the Arab League, the UN, or NATO) or other countries been involved in events in your country? If so, how?
  • What has been the position of the United States on the events in your country?
  • How would both sides characterize what has happened in your country? Would they call it a revolution?
As mentioned above, all the websites Mr. Phillips recommended are indexed in Destiny, along with additional websites that will be useful. We don't advise you to use eBooks or print books - things are changing too fast. Online news sources will best meet your needs - read on.

You will save time by using the following periodical databases. They will cross-search current news publications - newspapers and magazines:

      • ProQuest National Newspapers
      • NewsStand
      • PowerSearch
Use # hashtag to search Twitter.
Click on image below to see how it works.
Translation tool for above (you can enter a URL and it will translate the whole site

To use Twitter for this project, we recommend a few things:
  1. Open a TweetDeck or HootSuite account to manage your streams
  2. Click on links! You can't base your research on 140 character messages.
  3. To find links to Facebook pages about unrest, keep an eye out for URLs that include fb like  
BEWARE! This is the real world and there may be inappropriate content including violent images. Be responsible. Use Babelfish to translate.

The View History tab in Wikipedia can work as a primary source - it is a chronicle of an international discussion about a subject - a global scale attempt to establish objective truth. The discussion is fiery in places: 

Edits are shown from newest to oldest. Each edit takes up one line which shows; time & date, the contributor's name or IP and the edit summary, as well as other diagnostic information. Let's look at some of the functions of this page:

  1. The "View History" tab is highlighted and "Revision history" is appended to the page name. Notice that you can't make wikilinks to this extended page name – to make a link to the history page, copy the URL from the browser address bar when viewing the history page, and paste it between single square brackets (external link format) to make the link.
  2. The year and month fields allow a quick jump when the page has many revisions. After entering a year and/or selecting a month, click the "Go" button to the right.
  3. The "Tag filter" restricts the display to show only those edits that have been tagged by an edit filter. For example, "references removed" may be entered here. After entering a tag name, click the "Go" button to the right.
  4. The "deleted only" checkbox will only display RevisionDeleted edits.
  5. A line of links to external tools.[further explanation needed] The available tools vary between wikis.
  6. These links take you to the most recent edits (Latest), oldest edits (Earliest) or the next or previous page of edits (Next n / Previous n). Note that the black text in brackets will become links, when applicable.
  7. The blue numbers list the number of edits displayed on a page - 20, 50, 100, 250 or 500. A higher number increases the length of a page but reduces the number of pages. The number you select replaces n in the links to the previous or next pages e.g. (Next 100 / Previous 100).
  8. (cur) takes you to a diff page, showing the difference between that edit and the current version. The current revision appears below the changes, so you can see how the page is now rendered.
  9. (prev) takes you to a diff page showing the changes between that edit and the previous version. The most recent version (the one on the same line as the "last" you clicked on) appears below the changes, so you can see how the page was rendered.
  10. The two columns of radio buttons can be used to select any two versions on the page. The current selection is marked by a special background. The two most recent versions are selected by default when you first view the history (that is why they appear framed and have a different background, see horizontal area around 4 and 6). Let's say you want to compare the versions corresponding to numbers 10 & 11 on the image. First, click the left radio button next to number 11. The right column of buttons will then fill as far as number 11. Then click the right button next to number 10. Finally click Compare selected versions. This takes you to a diff page showing the changes between the two versions. The most recent version (in this case number 10) appears below the changes, so you can see how the page was rendered.
  11. This gives the time and date of the edit, expressed in local time according to the preference setting. The date and time link to the version of that day and time. Thus the first line links to the version that was current at the time of loading this revision history, and therefore the result may differ from that of following the link on the page margin to the current version. Even if the page has not changed in the meantime, the message with id 'Revision-info' (talk) appears.
  12. The username or IP of the contributor appears here.
  13. m stands for minor edit.
  14. The size of the page in bytes (roughly corresponding to characters)
  15. The difference in size between this revision and the previous revision. A green number with a plus sign (+1,864) indicates that the edit added this number of bytes (roughly corresponding to characters) to the page, while a red number with a minus sign (-29) indicates removal. See more at Wikipedia:Added or removed characters.
  16. This is the edit summary. It is the text the user wrote in the edit summary box (below the edit box).
  17. This edit summary begins with an arrow link and grey text. This means the user has only edited a section of the page (named in the grey text). This text is automatically added when you edit a section. A standard edit summary can be added by the user. This appears in black text.

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