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Researching Cases: Doing a Preliminary Analysis
When you start researching case, do a preliminary analysis. What do you already know from the case description? What can you learn from some quick initial searches?
- Who was involved in case? (advocates, opponents, individuals, organizations)
- Which people?
- Which organizations, political parties, unions?
(consider different perspectives -- more info here)
- What types of sources are most likely to have information about your case?
- When did the event(s) you're researching occur? More recent events may only be covered by newspapers and social media, while events that happened a few months ago (or more) might be discussed in scholarly articles or books.
- Where did the event(s) occur? Where were participants and leaders from? Local and regional news outlets and organizations are possible sources.