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.
Topic #1: Cell Phones
Topic #2: Single Sex Education
- same-sex (classrooms OR schools)
- single-sex (classrooms OR schools)
- girls boys learn separately
Topic #3: School Uniforms
Topic #4: Video Games
- 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
Search terms to try:
- "cell phones"
- benefits - advantages, positive
- negative - disadvantage
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.