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A relief to image finding, the regional page was more of an informational page that we built. I found some good sources and the CIA source was VERY useful. I did also find a lot of different sources on different sites so I tried to verify the credibility of the sites before I used them. I didn't realize Italy was as populated as it was!

 

 

I didn't really bother to use this site until now, but Wiki Travel can be very helpful when deciding what to put in the regional section, especially if it is harder to find things out about your country.

 

 

I found this assignment to be challenging. I had to find an abundance of sources in order to properly put together a regional page that travelers would be not only interested but correctly informed.  I thought the most interesting part of the assignment was the physical geography section.  I enjoyed learning the differences in climate and physical landscape.

 

 

I'm always surprised to find the websites like the CIA are actually incredibly useful and provide loads of information. I was also slightly surprised at how much I'm still using the links and maps and other sites I've collected as resources throughout past assignments and how each one applies to the next in order to make it easier. I definitely appreciate the extra boost it provides for getting assignments done quicker.

 

 

I found the CIA world fact database to be the most helpful, but the US state department site was also very helpful. Lonely planet was a good general summary as far as I am concerned.

 

 

This was a very interesting assignment. After doing research, I was happy to learn more about the place I want to visit. I've actually been at the hospital all week for my sister's surgery, but I managed to finish the assignment with all the time I had. It's very fun to understand more about the physical and human geography as well as the economy of my destination. I was able to incorporate a lot of sources from different websites. For data, I mainly used the country's government website, and that was very useful.

I am looking forward to the itinerary assignment. It'll be cool to finally put everything together. As I look back at the past assignments, I've noticed how useful it has become in planning the trip. I especially liked the images assignment, even though it took a long time to finish. But everything seems like a part of the final piece, now :) I'll be traveling right after this class is over, so, I am definitely looking forward to that as well.

 

 

The CIA's World Fact Book and the State Department's both had lots of information. It is nice to see that our tax dollars do something worthwhile besides killing people. I was a bit relieved also that Dr. Peterson doesn't share the same phobia that every other teacher or professor has about Wikipedia. The Nicaragua page had over 150 sited references, plus gave links to further published reading. I found some of the same information across the gov't sites and Wikipedia to be the same, so it shows that it is correct information. Each assignment we do, makes me want to go back as soon as possible, since I wasn't able to do much site seeing last time I was there. Crossing my fingers till that chance comes.

 

 

I read a lot of information on Greece and did a lot of web searches.  Then I did most of the writing while sitting in a hospital room with no internet access and only a couple of the books with me.  Today, back to internet access again and I was able to pull references in pretty quickly.  I also ended up using links I had bookmarked earlier in the assignment.  I'm anxious to get the itinerary page underway before it's my turn back at the hospital vigil.  The demographic, weather,  and economic links I've used for these assignments are excellent resources beyond this class.  This was fun!

 

 

Were in the home stretch!

I found using the Lonely Planet Travel Guide very helpful for this assignment. Each of the topics we need to address had a small section in the guide book. The US State Department's website was also a big help, with their 'background notes' on each country.

 

I have found that the travel guide covers about every aspect of this assignment, although I have to do further research to get the finer details, it at least gets me going in the right direction. It has given a general idea of the history of each region, as well as, landscape, population, language, religion, and economic activities. It also helps me to know if the information I am getting on the internet is accurate. The PRB.org website is very helpful as well.

 

 

I finished the assignment, which took me quite some time.  Although it was time consuming, it wasn't too difficult.  The thing I really had trouble finding was the GNP.  I found lots of statics and breakdowns of GDP and GNI, but I had worlds of trouble with GNP.  I ended up finding a GNP answer on Yahoo! Answers that claimed they got the statistic from the World Bank.  I then went to the World Bank and searched for a while without any luck.  I searched GNP and then Costa Rica.  I found the Costa Rica GDP.  

 

This may sound kind of dumb, but I'm really paranoid about this.  How do I cite information about stuff that I already knew before?  For example: I don't need to look up the fact that my region lies in one of the most seismically active areas on Earth, or that Krakatoa is a stratovolcano and stratovolcanos are found in subduction zones, or that the Coral Triangle is one of the most biodiverse places on the planet.  I already know these things, either because I learned them in other classes or I just retained them from somewhere else.  Do I need to find sources that support them?  I feel like I'm spending a lot of time looking up stuff I already know, but I don't want it to look like I'm plagiarizing or doing something cheating and wrong.

Answer:  Cite anything that is not common knowledge. Any number or statistic always needs to be cited. Non-numeric facts are a judgment call based on the common knowledge criteria. Generalities do not need to be cited, like “Europe is one of the most densely populated regions in the world.”

 

CIA World Factbook gives a decent quick overview for a particular country, but there's no in-depth information.  Wikipedia is okay and I'll reference it for some things (although admitting to it makes me feel kind of dirty), but when it comes to potentially loaded topics, like history or politics, you're better off looking at the sources at the bottom of the page to see where they got their info and reference those.  Some of the sources are good, some have more of an agenda.    

One of the best sources that I've used several times is the Library of Congress country studies.  It's more in-depth than CIA, more academic, and more credible than Wikipedia.  

http://lcweb2.loc.gov/frd/cs/cshome.html

These are also LoC country studies, sponsored by the Army and written between 1986 and 1998.  Obviously some things will have change over the course of 15 years, but it has even more detailed information.

http://countrystudies.us/

 

 

For this assignment, I used my travel books, the CIA World Factbook, the Population Reference Bureau, and general/filler information from Wikipedia.

The travel books, then, were my only sources not online, but I didn't get a chance to go to a library this week, and I don't live anywhere near one anyway (I'm not in Omaha, I'm in a small town about 80 miles away from Omaha and the closest library I have a membership to is 20 some miles away, and I didn't get to that town this week). However, the travel books were very helpful, as were all the websites.

 

My Regional page is complete, but I have not uploaded it yet because I am still going to proofread for grammar and puncuation

The trick to completing this assignment is finding good sources. The CIA World Factbook is probably one of the most comprehensive sources for facts and figures. It certainly contains most of the quantitative information you could ever need. It is also updated on a weekly basis, so all of the information should be the most current available. 

For more in depth geographic information I used my textbook from my introductory World Regional Geography class I took a couple years ago. It is Geography: Realms, Regions, and Concepts by H.J. de Blij and Peter Muller. It is slightly outdated (2012), but I doubt that anything has changed to the extent that my page would be wrong. I also used McKnight's Physical Geography by Darrell Hess for information about climate and landscapes. 

GNP is an outdated metric for determining a countries economic strength. I'm not sure why Dr. Peterson wants us to use it. The difference between GNP and the much more common GDP is that GNP is determined by ownership rather than geographic location. Thus, if an American company owns a factory in Vietnam, the revenue produced by the factory counts towards the United States' GNP but Vietnam's GDP. This may actually give a better estimate of quality of life in a country, but still, nobody really uses it. In fact, I had a hard time finding any comprehensive data for GNP. The best I found was Gross National Income data from the World Bank. It is almost the same as GNP except for some little tax nuance. I also had to calculate the per capita GNI manually, but that wasn't really a big deal.

Overall, this assignment was pretty straight forward, but it did take some time to complete.

 

 

 

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