If you've never written an executive summary before, the University of Southern California has a great site which highlights the key components of a good executive summary.
The MLC has a room specifically for students to practice their presentations. You can record yourself in this room and using the recording to improve your presentation skills. To access the room you have to request it at the Security Desk on the 2nd floor.
Factiva: Their News Pages offers a list of the current headlines from the most popular newspapers. It is the easiest way to browse multiple newspapers at once without hitting a payall.
Duck Duck Go: Google weights the news articles it shows you based on your previous search history and which websites you visit the most. This can lead to bias in the types of news sources you read. Duck Duck Go is a Google-like search engine that anonymizes you so that you get unweighted results when you search.
Top databases for academic research in International Affairs;
The Multi-Search is a resource which allows you to search 130 of our databases and our Libraries print catalog at the same time.
1) The Multi Search doesn't search everything the Libraries has access to electronically. We have over 500 databases and this resource searches only a quarter of them. There are several excellent databases that aren't in the Multi Search!
2) Beware of the fire hydrant effect! If you've ever done a broad search in Google you've experienced this. Hundreds of thousands of results, only a few actually what you need. If you're getting too many articles and books in your results, try going to a specific database for International Affairs.
3) It is easy to get mixed up on what is academic research and what is not. Make sure you check the "Scholarly Peer Reviewed" box.