INQUIRY and STRATEGIES
Identify the Issue & Ask Questions
What makes an issue complex?
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?
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?
- 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
- violence - deaths, homicides (be specific)
- benefits - advantages, positive
- negative - disadvantage
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
Opposing Viewpoints (Gale/Cengage)
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.