English 110 - Barber - Debate Topics
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Students will find suggested sources for their class debate research. Your search for information can include books, periodical articles, online databases, and credible Internet resources. The following sources are recommended for student research.
- Class: English 110
- Instructor(s): Celeste Barber
- Topic: Class Debates Research
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Students will find suggested sources for their class debate research. Review the research materials that both sides collected and select at least four: all must be from reputable and varied sources. Be sure to include sources that consider the opposing position. Also, two of the sources must be from print sources (magazines, newspapers, and books).
- Social Security: Resolve that future retirees must be means tested in order to be eligible for retirement benefits, including reduction of benefits based on income.
- QE 3 (Quantitative Easing): Resolve that the Federal Reserve implement a third economic stimulus plan in order to curtail a recession.
- Freedom of Speech and the Internet: Resolve that 1st Amendment rights do not extend to the posting of images and personal information publicly without permission.
Research materials: Rely heavily on nationally recognized magazines and newspapers because their information is up to date and authoritative. For example: The New York Times or Los Angeles Times, The Christian Science Monitor, The Wall Street Journal, The New Republic, The Nation, The New Yorker Magazine. Reputable news sources – including the above – are also available on the Internet. The Luria Library recommends CQ Researcher for our class: This resource can be accessed through the library database page on their web page. Another good online resource is Opposing Viewpoints, also located through the library database page.
Keywords and Subject Headings to Try in Your Searches
Keywords (use in any resource)
- economic stimulus
Subject Headings (use in subject searches in the library catalog, or as keywords in any resource)
- Aged -- United States
- Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System (U.S.)
- Budget deficits -- United States
- Censorship -- United States
- Freedom of speech -- United States
- Government spending policy -- United States
- Information technology -- Social aspects
- Internet -- Moral and ethical aspects
- Internet -- Law and legislation
- Internet -- Social aspects
- Monetary policy -- United States
- Old age pensions -- United States
- Privacy, Right of
- Social security -- United States
- United States. Constitution 1st Amendment
Reference Sources - Print
Reference Books are a good place to begin your research. You can take notes, or photocopy relevant sections for 10 cents per page. Examples of reference books related to the three debate topics are listed below. These resources are available in the Luria Library Reference section.
- Encyclopedia of Contemporary American Social Issues R 306.0973 S528e 2011
- Encyclopedia of the First Amendment R 342.73085 V699e 2009
- International Encyclopedia of Social and Behavioral Sciences R 303 I61 2001
- Social History of the United States R 306.0973 W186e 2009
Search the library catalog for books on topics relevant to your research.
Journal and magazine articles usually provide the most current information on a topic. Journal articles are more scholarly while magazine articles tend to be shorter and more general. Newspaper articles are the most current of the three periodical sources and another good source of information.
To find articles on your topic, use one of the online databases listed below. These databases usually provide full-text articles. Search in these databases by using subject headings, keywords and names of companies or individuals.
To access databases from off campus you will need to log-in with your pipeline account number and password.
These databases provided pro/con information on current and controversial topics:
Quality Internet Sources
Finding good websites for college research can be difficult and time-consuming. Below are some recommendations for finding quality websites.
Topic and Research Narrowing Ideas
Sources of academic websites
The C.A.R.S. system explained here.