|STEP TWO: Research the
Facts. Do statistics, surveys, case studies, or
anecdotal evidence support your position? Which level of government would
be responsible for implementing change? What solutions have been
pioneered in other communities? Power searching techniques can help
you locate fact sheets from national organizations, find web sites developed
by advocacy groups from throughout the nation, gather statistical data,
and review newspaper editorials.
||Worried about rising tuition costs on campus, Antoinette
began with the internal search engine at her University's web site.
She found archives of the Strategic Plans for the last ten years, which
showed the percentage of tuition and fee increase each year. Next, she
used the search engine AltaVista to research national tuition costs with
the following search string: +tuition +universit*
+"national trend*" statistic* increase level* "cost comparison"