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Identify the Issue & Ask Questions

What makes an issue complex?


    Assignment Specifics

    Locate information (data, statistics, ideas, viewpoints, news stories, case-studies) that will help support your argument. 

    Incorporate alternative or opposing views to make your argument stronger.


      Issues (Ms. Miles)

      Issue #1: Should the Washington Redskins change its name?

      Issue #2: Should parents restrict teens under 18 from the use of violent video games?

      Issue #3: Should cell phones be banned from the public school classroom?

      Issue #4: Should public schools offer single sex classes?

      Issues (Mr. Goldman)

      Issue #1: Should the Washington Redskins change their name?

      Issue #2: Is society becoming less violent?


        Information Need

        What information do you really need?

        What is the purpose of the assignment?  Who is the intended audience? How will you know when you have found enough high-quality information?


          Search Strategies

          • 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
          • Look for a variety of sources (charts, graphs, images, newspaper articles, audio....)
          • Be creative

          Search terms to try:

          • "Washington Redskins"
          • "professional sports", NFL
          • mascots
          • violence - deaths, homicides (be specific)
          • controversy
          • benefits - advantages, positive
          • negative - disadvantage
          • statistics
          • data
          • studies
          • research
          • impact
          • trend

          As you learn more about the topic, ask your own questions and narrow the focus :)



            Usernames and passwords for subscription databases and e-books are located under the Contents section of the Edline homepage.

            ProQuest Subscription Databases

            • ProQuest Research Library
              Access to newspapers, magazines, journals, and reference works.
            • SIRS Knowledge Source
              Once you have entered SIRS, click on MORE ISSUES in the PRO vs. CON box (right side of screen) OR conduct a KEYWORD/NATURAL LANGUAGE search.

            Opposing Viewpoints (Gale/Cengage)



            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.

            Be responsible.

            Be honest.

            Show integrity.


            • NoodleTools
              NoodleTools is a bibliographic software tool to assist you in creating accurate source citations in MLA and APA formats.

            Citation Resources


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