INQUIRY and STRATEGIES
Is the assigned social problem controversial? What are the various viewpoints?
Identify the Problem & Ask Questions
Why is the assigned topic considered a social problem?
- What is the scope of the problem?
- What are the causes?
- What are the effects?
- What preventions and/or solutions exist? Are they effective? Are they affordable?
What is the best way to communicate the information?
Part I (Audience: Teacher)
- 4-5 page paper (12 pt, double-spaced, organized, logical sequence, informative)
- Works Cited (MLA format, 7th edition)
- Cover sheet
Use evidence to support/defend your reasons!
Part II (Audience: Classmates and Teacher)
- PowerPoint Presentation (images, video, graphs, charts, key ideas)
- Locate and search appropriate resources
- Vary search terms (don't use the same search terms over and over again)
- Think of synonyms
- Use Boolean searching
- Use "quotation marks" to search for exact phrases
- Be creative
Some search terms to try:
- scope, range, extent
- causes, reason, origin
- effects, results, consequences
- prevention, deterrence
- solution, answer
- statistics, data
Usernames and passwords for subscription databases and ebooks are located under the Contents section of the Edline homepage.
Facts on File Databases
Opposing Viewpoints (Gale/Cengage)
Student Resources in Context (Gale/Cengage)
Free Online Resources
Take a moment to read the 'About Us' information.
- Who is providing the information?
- Where did the author find his/her facts, data, information?
- What is the purpose of the site?
- When was the site last updated?
- What is the possible bias?
BIBLIOGRAPHIES & CITATIONS
When you use someone else's words, work, thoughts, and/or ideas, you need to give the person credit. It doesn't matter whether you quote the person word-for-word or put it in your own words (paraphrase), you need to acknowledge where the words, work, thought, or idea originated. Otherwise, you are passing it off as your own.
Record Bibliographic Information
Don't forget to record the following for each source you use:
- Title of article, chapter, film, webpage
- Page number
- Name of magazine, newspaper, journal, book, website
- Publication date
- Name of subscription database (if used)
- Format (web, print)
- Date of access (if found online)