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Research Web Links: Selecting Links with Explanations

In the Rourke and Boyer text, there are "www" links in the margins for each chapter in the book. I have provided the links from the first three chapters below. Please choose three to follow and answer these questions:

1. Which three links did you select and why?
2. How do each of the three links relate to the material in the text?
3. What did you learn from each link you chose?

Be sure NOT to select the same three links as another student who has already posted.

Tip: A good way to organize your response and to make sure you answer the question fully is to devote at least 1 full paragraph to each of the 3 questions. If you've only written a sentence or two in response to one of the questions, you haven't written enough!

Research Web Links for Chapters 1-3

CIA World Factbook: Information produced by the U.S. government profiling each country in the world. Data covers a country's geography, people, economy, government, communications, transportation, military, among other politically relevant issues.
Times Topics, The New York Times: Archived news articles published in The New York Times, organized by category.
United Nations: Official website of the United Nations, with links to its agencies and affiliated organizations.
The U.S. Energy Information Administration: The U.S. EIA has useful material about supply, demand, and prices for gasoline and other fuels.
U.S. Census Bureau Population Clocks: The U.S. Census Bureau has a national and global population clocks as well as other links to valuable, related information.
U.S. National Hurricane Center:
Schools and the Fair Labor Association: You can find out if your school is a member of the Fair Labor Association by going to the FLA Web site.
Careers in the U.S. State Department: You can learn about becoming a diplomat and other careers in the U.S. State Department at this Web site.
Treaty of Westphalia: Text of the peace treaty between the Holy Roman Emperor and the King of France and their respective allies. Signed October 24, 1648.
"Jihad vs. McWorld": A short version of Benjamin Barber's famous article can be found here.
The Cold War: This interactive web site offers a variety of video, audio and other engaging elements to learn more about the Cold War.
Iraqi Thinking Before the War in Iraq: Excerpts from captured Iraqis about Saddam Hussein and Iraqi thinking before the Iraq war are included in this CIA report, Report of the Special Advisor to the DCI on Iraq's WMD, 30 September 2004.
Primates Versus Humans: To learn more about the parallels between the behavior of primates and humans, click on the Chimpanzee Central link on the homepage of the Jane Goodall Institute:
American Political Culture: To support research about American political culture at the University of Pittsburgh, fill out the Web questionnaire at this link.

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The reasons for using links:

The three links that I decided to choose are the links for the official website of United Nations, the link to the schools and the fair labor and the link to the treaty of Westphalia. The reasons for choosing these links are that they take me direct to the information that one is searching for in the website and this shows that they are of good quality. The other reason for choosing the links is that they are online tools that provide the search results (Five reasons for using a link building service, n.d).

How the links relate to the material in the text:

These links relate to the topic because they are the relative authority links. The link to the United Nations ...

Solution Summary

The solution assists in selecting links and explaining why they were selected.