· Stay away from General Encyclopedias (you can use subject-specific encyclopedias, however. For instance, the Encyclopedia of Psychological Disorders.
· General Websites found doing searches on Google, Safari, etc. Valencia Database search is the O N L Y electronic search allowed. No Yahoo, Google, About.com, and so on…
· No works of fiction. This is non-fiction (truth, bio, history, etc.) only! Not sure, ask!
· No other databases other than Valencia’s.
· No dictionaries
· No abstracts, full text articles only
· No book reviews. If there is a price listed, that would be a book review. Again, if you are not sure, ask.
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For this paper you are exploring an issue that exists within some group with which you are involved, so to select a topic, you could approach this one of two ways:
Brainstorms groups that you belong to (and then think of a related issue):
For this approach, consider
So if you're a parent, the issue might be child care. If you are a gardener, the issue might be saving water. If you are a minimum-wage employee, it might be raising the minimum wage. If you are a waitress, it might be rude customers. If you drive, it might be traffic congestion. If you're taking this class, you are definitely a student, and there are issues related to that, too. Maybe you have trouble with time management or note-taking.
A second approach is to consider issues first.
If you do that, don't forget to connect the issue to a group you belong to! Here are some databases that talk about different issues.
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