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Foundations: UN Summit : Home

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Using Lexile Level to Make Life Easier!

Your Assignment

Serving as a representative of your assigned country to the United Nations, you will produce:

  • Country Profile (see country profile resources on the Resources page)
  • Position Paper based upon the Yale Model UN guidelines (see pdf document below). 
  • Reflection

Citation Requirements

  • For the Country Profile: a Chicago style bibliography.
  • For the Position Paper: a Chicago style bibliography and in-text citations for quotations or references to others' work.

General Search Tips for Databases

  • Limit results to Full Text:
    • Make sure that all the results are items you can access by limiting results to Full Text results only. Databases often include a mix of full text items and abstracts/synopses of items. Selecting Full Text helps prevent frustration.
  • Look for search terms in article titles. 
    • ​Database searches generally default to keyword. Using the drop-down list to the right of the search bar, look for titledocument title, or comparable term such as newspaper Headline.
  • Use Filters:
    • Look for filters / limiters on your results page, such as Subject and Source types. This will help ensure you get only the results that you want and will make sure you don't have to wade through as many results.
    • Look especially for:
      • Source types: Magazines, Newspapers
      • Lexile levels : Start with 1000-1100 and then adjust the Lexile level depending on your results. See our Lexile Levels video.
  • Use AND / OR operators:
    • Use AND in your search when there are words that all need to be in your search results.
    • Use OR when there are two words that can be used interchangeably, but at least one of them needs to be present in your results.
    • Examples:
      • coronavirus OR covid 19 OR pandemic (articles about coronavirus everywhere)
      • coronavirus OR covid 19 OR pandemic AND Spain (Articles about the virus in Spain only.)

Off Campus Access to Subscription Resources

  • If you are working off-campus you will need to sign in via proxy to access content from our subscription databases.
  • This only needs to be done once per session, and will give you access to all the resources and databases you would typically have while on-campus at Taft.
  • See the graphic below for a reminder of how to log-in:



How to Create Proxy Links

If you're off-campus and the link to an article you had found previously in a Taft online subscription database does not work check the URL of the article to see if it includes the proxy If it does not, then copy and paste at the beginning of the article's permanent URL.