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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.


      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


        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
        • Be creative

        Search terms to try:

        • "cell phones"
        • benefits - advantages, positive
        • negative - disadvantage
        • statistics
        • data
        • studies
        • research


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



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          Destiny Library Catalog

          • Log in
          • Select Catalog tab
          • Select Resource Lists option
          • Select Public Lists subtab
          • Select English 9 Pro/Con lists



          ProQuest Databases

          • SIRS Knowledge Source
            Once you have entered SIRS, click on MORE ISSUES in the PRO vs. CON box (right side of screen).


          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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