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Albert D. Cohen Management Library: GMGT 1010

GMGT 1010

This guide is derived from my slide deck and contains criteria for evaluating your sources, links to resources that contain credible primary and secondary sources, and search strategies to help you with your short paper. If you require assistance, please contact me.

Stop and think before your search!

What are you trying to find?
1) Identify a specific Manitoba Hydro (MH) project or activity.

2) Track down primary sources that contain that specific project or activity.

  • A few types to consider:
    • final reports from hearings / reviews / inquiries
    • public submissions to hearings (presentations, written submissions, evidence)
    • hearing transcripts
    • aboriginal petitions to the government
    • agreements with aboriginal communities

What issues are you considering?

  • More than just the environmental impact, look also social, political, economic…

Secondary sources can help fill in the gap

Newspaper articles can provide additional background information on issues surrounding an MH project.

  • Run a search in the Canadian Major Dailies database for relevant articles.
  • Sample search: “Manitoba Hydro” AND (indigenous OR aboriginal OR “First Nations” OR native OR Metis) AND (name of project, e.g. Keeyask)

Criteria for Evaluating your Sources

Five standards to consider:

  • Currency
  • Relevancy
  • Authority
  • Accuracy                              
  • Purpose

      CRAAP test                    

For more information on the CRAAP test, review the following two videos:

Types of Sources

Primary Sources are:

  • Documents/records containing first hand information or original data on a topic
  • Works created at the time of an event or by someone who witnessed or experienced an event
  • Examples:
    • Journals, letters, and diaries
    • Speeches, videos, and interviews
    • Government documents

Secondary Sources are:

  • Created after primary sources and often talk about primary sources
  • Works that offer additional opinions (sometimes called bias), analysis, and conclusions on a past event or on a primary source
  • Examples:
    • History books
    • News reports
    • Journal articles

Web-based primary sources

Written submissions and reports:

Manitoba Hydro Agreements:

Digitized and print primary sources

Reports and transcripts:

  • Legislative Library of Manitoba contains digitized documents you can access online
    • Search the digital collection of Manitoba Government publications (~2000 to current)
    • Enter name of hydro project, e.g. Keeyask, in search box & click Search
    • Enter project name, e.g. Wuskwatim, in Subject terms box & click Search
       
  • University of Manitoba Libraries provides print sources
    • Run an Advanced Search in the Library catalogue for reports and transcripts from hearings, commissions of inquiry, etc. on a specific hydro project.
    • Sample search: (inquiry OR hearing OR commission OR report) AND (name of the project, e.g. Northern Hydro Development or Churchill Nelson)

Additional Resources

Ask a Librarian

 

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