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This topic offers the opportunity for students to understand bias based on the resources they choose. Trade barriers vs free trade reflect political viewpoints. Conservatives, liberals and other political parties who present information on this topic may have different views on the success or failure of trade barriers. As students gather resources make them aware that different sites may inherently have different slants on the topic. They need to be aware of who is presenting the facts as they research the topic.

The Basics of Tariffs and Trade Barriers: Investopedia

The Concise Encyclopedia of Economics: FREE TRADE by Alan S Blinder

Office of the United States Trade Representative: WTO Issues and more

TRADE BARRIER: Wikipedia: check out the great links

Library of Economics and Liberty: Barriers to Trade definitions and basics

PUBLIC CITIZEN: North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) Public Citizen is a non-profit, consumer rights advocacy group based in Washington, D.C. Put "trade barriers" in the SEARCH bar for more articles.

WISEGEEK: What is Free Trade?

WORLD TRADE ORGANIZATION (WT0): See "Technical Regulations and Standards"

Vocabulary to know: Tariff; Quota; Embargo; Protectionism; Free Trade