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Researchable Issues

 
   

 

Assignment

 
   

Objective:   

Students 

Keep in Mind:   

  • Do NOT include your opinion in this paper. You should be presenting both sides of the argument objectively (you can share your opinion during your speech!). 
  • You must include a works cited page and parenthetical documentation within your paper. 
  • You need to cite a minimum of 5 sources! 
  • Your paper should be 3-4 pages (NOT including the works cited page) 
 
Notes: 
  • When researching at home using the MCPS Online Services, you will need to access usernames/passwords from your Edline account (in the Media Center folder).  MCPS Online Services are marked with an asterisk (*).
  • Most of the articles from MCPS Online Services have MLA citations already created at the bottom of the webpage.  Feel free to copy/paste the citations into a text file (ex. Word) as you compile your bibliography.
  • This is part of the trial subscription offerings.  Refer to your handout for login information.  Trial subscriptions are marked with two asterisks (**).

 

Documents:    Project Instructions / Shpeen Organizer / Citation Template / Works Cited Sample /Wordle/Screenshot 
   

 

Online Resources

 
   

OS GRVL  

Gale Virtual Reference Library (ebooks) - This is part of the online services trial period.  Click on the GVRL button (upper right), then select "access trial."  Type your search terms in the box at the top.
OS ProCon.org  ProCon.org - Pros and Cons of Controversial Issues

OS Britannica 

 

 

Encyclopedia Britannica - general background information
 

OS ABC-CLIO 

  
Issues : Understanding Controversy and Society** -  Search for your topic, click on the "Analyze" box to filter the results.
 

OS CQ Press 

  
CQ Global Researcher ** - international issues with viewpoints.  Select Advanced Search, type in your search criteria and click on the pro/con box.

OS CQ Press 

CQ Researcher Plus Archive ** - expanded database of reports (back to 1923). Select Advanced Search, type in your search criteria and click on the pro/con box.
 

OS EBSCO Host 

  
Points of View Reference Center ** - essays that present multiple sides of a current issue.  Use the search box to locate material on your subject.  Click on the "[Your Topic} Overview" link, Point and Counterpoint will be on the right.
 OS Iss Contro (FoF)   Issues and Controversies * - current issues we face today.  Use the search box to locate your topic.  Overview with Critics and Supporters opinions.
 OS Iss Contro (FoF)   Issues and Controversies In American History ** - contentious issues in American history. Use the search box to locate your topic.  Overview with Critics and Supporters opinions.

  OS Facts on File  

World News Digest ** - 65-year archive of world event, including controversial issues.

idea 

International Debate Education Association - lots of topics and great pro/con section.  Type in your topic in the orange "A" Search Databases search box.
OS Hist Newspapers   Historical Newspapers* - Primary source historical newspapers from the New York Times from 1851 through 2005.
 OS Gale  Global Issues in Context ** - international viewpoints on global issues, topics and current events.

OS OV in Context 

Opposing Viewpoints in Context * - today's hottest social issues. Use search box to local topic.  Filter results by selecting "Viewpoints." 

OS Oxford 

Oxford Reference Online ** - good for background information

OS JSTOR 

JSTOR * - articles from over 600 scholarly journals.
   
   
   

  

Print Resources

 
REF 031 World Book Encyclopedia, Britannica
300s Issues
   
   
Image Credit: http://libwebdev2006.fullerton.edu/LibContentManagementdev 
   
  Updated by: Stephanie Schwinn, November 25, 2013