In most cases, you will choose a "hot" topic or current conversation which is being examined in society, debated in the media, or even discussed within your own family or social circle.
What TOPIC are you going to research?
A. Online Social Networks and privacy of information B. Economic and/or social impact on states which have legalized marijuana sales C. Economic and/or social impact on states which have legalized same-sex marriage
Thesesocial conversations are often complex, encompassing various SUB-TOPICS, none of which have simple "good" or "bad" sides, such as these--
Sub-topic A1 - Social Network providers may collect private information if users agree to their terms of service. Sub-topic A2 - Revealing private information on social networking sites ican be dangerous, especially for young people. Sub-topic A3 - The government can collect vast amounts of personal information from web site providers without users even knowing
Your instructor may ask you to argue a specificPOINT-OF-VIEW, such as--
Point-of-view A3a - The government can use whatever means it deems necessary to priotect the country from terrorists, even if that means prying into people's private conversations held through social networking sites.
Point-of-view A3b - Individual privacy is paramount in a "free" country, so the government should have clear proof of suspicion and a court order before it is allowed to collect private information from social networking sites.
Collect Background Research
Use these databases to collect reliable, credible BACKGROUND INFORMATION on your topic.
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Credo Reference is a full-text online reference service. Our collection includes over three million entries from hundreds of well-regarded titles from some of world's the best reference publishers. Credo’s collection is intelligently integrated with millions of cross-references and contains dictionaries, bilingual dictionaries, thesauri, encyclopedias, quotations and atlases, plus a wide range of subject-specific titles covering everything from art to accountancy, science to Shakespeare and law to literature.
Locate Issues Resources
Here are some places in the databases to EXPLORE"hot"topics or conversations--
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Provides full-text access to more than 2,300 major U.S., regional, national, and local newspapers as well as leading international titles. It also includes thousands of images, radio and TV broadcasts and transcripts.