MHS Media Center material:
Use the Database Page on the Media Center website to look up Social Issues on the following databases: PROQUEST: eLibrary and SIRS.
Look up books on the Destiny Quest OPAC On Line Catalog and OCLC First Search.
General Online Research Sources:
Multnomah Public Library in Oregon.
Scroll down to the “For Citizens and Students” box, then under the dropdown box “select an issue guide”
click on the issue you want to research.
Selected Topics and Websites:
The National Institute on Drug Abuse has an extensive site at: http://www.nida.nih.gov/DrugAbuse.html
National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA) homepage is at http://www.niaaa.nih.gov/ However, you might want to directly go to http://www.niaaa.nih.gov/publications/brochures-and-fact-sheets for their “Facts sheets”.
Substance abuse and Mental health services administration is at http://www.samhsa.gov/ . Type in the search box “fact sheet” and a list of fact sheets will appear.
Narrow the topic down by type of child abuse to investigate. Is it physical, psychological, neglect or sexual?
Jim Hopper, Ph.D. Research Associate, Boston University School of Medicine, has several links and lots of information.
Cornell University hosts the Child Abuse Prevention Network Take a look at the map of the United States and click on Illinois.
Narrow the type of discrimination you are investigating. Is it sexual, racial, religious, employment, age, physical disability, or mental.
Limit what health care issue you are investigating. Is it health care rationing, health care reform, age discrimination, race, or income issues, euthanasia, organ donation, health care provision to the poor, etc.
Narrow the topic. Are you looking for the causes of poverty. Are you looking at American poverty or international poverty? Organizations fighting poverty nationally or internationally? Welfare, welfare abuse or welfare reform? The development of a “permanent underclass”?
Columbia University hosts the National Center for Children in Poverty . Take a look at the map of the United States and click on Illinois.
Again, this is a broad topic; you need to limit it to an area that you can effectively research. Topics may include adult illiteracy, illiteracy programs at the local, state and national level, causes of illiteracy, social/economic relationships to illiteracy, cultural illiteracy, role of community libraries in illiteracy, etc.
This would be an excellent topic to research at the SIRS and/or eLibrary databases (on the Database page on the Media Center Website under Proquest).
The National Right to Read Foundation is at: http://www.nrrf.org/essay_Illiteracy.html
Focus in on a topic. Cyber crime is a hot area, as is crime prevention. Use a Google search to find statistics by using a (+statistics) after the main topic search. This would be a good place to do a beginning search in SIRS or ELibrary to find what interests you about crime and criminology.
The National Crime Prevention Council (where McGruff lives) is at http://www.ncpc.org/ Click on the links to the left to access various programs.
“Crime Spider” searches for the best crime and law enforcement sites, then categorizes topics so you don't have to sort through hundreds of sites to find the one that fits the bill. http://www.crimespider.com/ The topic links at the bottom look interesting and will give you ideas on limiting to a specific area.
Issues and Controversies databases (found on the Database page on the Media Center Website) would be a good place to start.
The National Coalition Against Domestic Violence (NCADV) is an organization which offers several sites and resources to end domestic violence.
Assisted suicide, teen suicide, suicide prevention programs, depression as a cause of suicide, and suicide by cop are just a few of the areas to be explored. The phrase +risk factors could be added to a search to find checklists and surveys. Other possible keywords to skew the information found: +statistics; +gender; +prevention; +surveys; +checklists. You find others. Use SIRS and/or eLibrary databases (found on the Database page on the Media Center Website under Proquest) to do a beginning search.
Yellow Ribbon Suicide Prevention Program is at http://www.yellowribbon.org/
There is a large site at http://www.psycom.net/depression.central.suicide.html dealing with suicide prevention, but it is unsigned. Authority and validity is unknown of the author is unknown. Many of the links, however, go to reputable sites.
The American Foundation for Suicide Prevention is at: http://www.afsp.org/index.cfm?fuseaction=home.viewPage&page_id=1
Use SIRS or eLibrary under Proquest (found on the Database page on the Media Center Website) to do a beginning search. (Ex:. “Political corruption" +(country) or +(issue) or...)
A Collection of Links on politics and political corruption in relation to financial scandals. An interesting web site with an international look at financial corruption.
Narrow it down. Bio-terrorism, causes of terrorism, state sponsored terrorism, anti-terrorism agencies, etc. You might want to investigate how other countries have dealt with terrorism for the last 30 years. Germany, Italy, Israel, Ireland, Great Britain, Greece, Columbia, Peru and others have significant terrorists and anti-terrorism organizations. When searching, use related terms such as anti-terrorism, terrorists, counter terrorists, etc.
Use SIRS and/or eLibrary under Proquest databases (found on the Database page on the Media Center Website under Proquest) to do a beginning search.
The Council on Foreign Relations (CFR) is an independent, nonpartisan membership organization, think tank, and publisher. www.cfr.org/issue/terrorism/ri135
http://www.cfr.org/about/ scroll to the bottom and search under “Issues”
In the workplace? At school? On a college campus? What constitutes sexual harassment? You need a definition and focus.
The U. S. Equal Opportunity Employment Commission has a good fact sheet at:
LawGuru has information at http://www.lawguru.com/faq/16.html
Land, sea, air, freshwater, acid rain, radiation, nuclear waste, farm runoff, arctic pollution, Ozone holes, eco-terrorism, you pick your poison to narrow the topic. Use Facts.com, SIRS, or ELibrary to do a beginning search. Also consult the general encyclopedias. (Hint: use the INDEX in the encyclopedias)
The U. S. Environmental Protection Agency http://www.epa.gov/
The various state's Environmental Protection Agency is a good location for general information. Illinois EPA is at http://www.epa.state.il.us/ Iowa EPA is at:http://www.iowadnr.com/
The Environmental Defense Fund is a radical (some say eco-terrorist) organization. They have four different areas that they consider issues. Under each area there are several different issues. http://www.edf.org/our-work-fighting-climate-change
The Amazing Environmental WebDirectory at http://www.webdirectory.com/ is a portal site with many links to other areas.