Getting Started with Research
Past MCC delegates have recommended this research strategy:
1. Read and study your committee's background guide and the sources linked or cited in the guide. This will be the minimal knowledge needed for the conference.
2. Learn about the United Nations (some of this will be covered in class).
3. Familiarize yourself with Jamaica (some of this will be covered in class).
4. Gather background information about the issues assigned to your committee.
5. Figure out Jamaica's actual or likely stance on your committee's issues for the position papers:
- Review speeches at the UN by Jamaican representatives
- Review policy statements from Jamaican officials (UN, government, NGOs, etc.)
- Study the texts of UN resolutions sponsored by Jamaica
- Develop an understanding of Jamaica's UN voting pattern relating to your issues
6. Once the position papers are finished, research your committee's issues in depth until the conference. You need to know as much as possible about the issues overall - not just Jamaica's viewpoint.
Search most of the MCC Libraries' databases and the library catalog at once from the "everything" search box at the top of the library webpage.
Search for print books, e-books, and media titles held at MCC in the library catalog.
Select and search an individual database for articles and titles in electronic format from the Databases and Indexes link.