English I Research Project

Ms. Savage

You will select a minimum of 10 scholarly sources for this research process/paper. Opposing Viewpoints in Context in TEL is an ideal database to find sources. To access it:

  • Go to the library webpage.
  • Scroll down to Research Links and select TEL.
  • Select Opposing Viewpoints in Context.
  • Use the search tips below to find specific sources on each topic.

Abstinence programs--Do they work?

  1. Do a general search for abstinence.
  2. See Society and Culture/Sex Education.
  3. Society and Culture/Teenage Sexual Behavior.

Advertising--Should certain kinds of ads be banned in the interest of health/morality/annoyance-alcohol, cigarettes, prescription meds, etc...?

  1. See Business and Economics/Advertising.
  2. Health and Medicine/Alcohol and Tobacco Advertising.

Alcohol--Should the U.S. lower the drinking age to 18? Should there be stricter punishments for drink drivers?

  1. See Health and Medicine/Alcoholism
  2. Health and Medicine/Drinking (Alcoholic Beverages)
  3. Health and Medicine/Drunk Driving
  4. Society and Culture/Underage Drinking.

Animal rights--Should it be illegal to use animals for sports and entertainment?


  1. See Health and Medicine/Animal Experimentation.
  2. Law and Politics/Animal Rights.

Athletes in high schools--Should shoe companies be able to give away free shoes and equipment to high school athletes?

  1. See Society and culture/Athletes and Sports.
  2. Do a general search for high school and college athletes.

Beauty contests--Do they serve any purpose in society?

  1. Do a general search for beauty contests or beauty pageants (you will get slightly different results if you try both search terms).

Bullying laws--Should the state or federal government put laws into place to prevent bullying?

  1. See Law and Politics/Bullying.
  2. Science, Technology, and Ethics/Cyberbullying.
  3. Do a general search for school bullying.

Cell phones--How have they changed us socially?

  1. See National Debate Topic/Technology and Society.
  2. Society and Culture/Smartphones.
  3. Society and Culture/Mobile Phones.
  4. Society and Culture/Technology and Education.
  5. Society and Culture/Texting While Driving.

Censorship--Should parents censor textbooks and other literature for children in schools?

  1. See Law and Politics/Censorship.
  2. Society and Culture/Book Banning.

Civil disobedience--Is breaking the law for a cause justifiable?

  1. See Law and Politics/Civil Liberties.
  2. Do a general search for civil disobedience.

College athletics--Should college athletes be paid?

  1. See Society and Culture/Athletes and Sports.
  2. Society and Culture/Title IX.
  3. Do a general search for college athletes.

Cyber crime--What are the latest ways to steal identity and money?

  1. See Science, Technology, and Ethics/Cybercrime.
  2. Science, Technology, and Ethics/Online Ethics.
  3. Science, Technology, and Ethics/Online Social Networks.

Divorce--Should we reform laws to make it harder to get a divorce?

  1. See Society and Culture/Divorce.
  2. Society and Culture/Children of Divorced Parents.

Exams--Exams often do little more than measure a person's ability to take exams. Should exams be replaced with another form of assessment?

  1. See Society and Culture/Standardized Testing.
  2. Do a general search for exams.

Fast Food--Are we taking it too far by blaming fast food restaurants for obesity? When is it an individual's responsibility and when is it appropriate to place blame?

  1. See Health and Medicine/Western Diets.
  2. Health and Medicine/Junk Food.
  3. Health and Medicine/Obesity.
  4. Science, Technology, and Ethics/Genetically Modified Food.
  5. Energy and Environmentalism/Local Food Movement.
  6. Do a general search for fast food.

Feminism--Is feminism still relevant? How do young women view feminism?

  1. See Society and Culture/Feminism.
  2. Society and Culture/Womens Rights.
  3. Society and Culture/Work and Family.
  4. Society and Culture/Working Women.

Food--Steroids. Antibiotics. Sprays. Are food manufacturers killing us?

  1. See Health and Medicine/Food Safety.
  2. Health and Medicine/Genetically Modified Food.
  3. Health and Medicine/Western Diets.
  4. Business and Economics/Factory Farming.
  5. Business and Economics/Food Insecurity.
  6. Energy and Environmentalism/Organic Food.
  7. Energy and Environmentalism/Urban Agriculture.
  8. Energy and Environmentalism/Local Food Movement.

Gay Marriage--Should there be a constitutional amendment that allows gays and lesbians to legally marry?

  1. See Law and Politics/Same-Sex Marriage.
  2. Law and Politics/Homosexuality.
  3. Society and Culture/Gay Parents.

Gaming--What damage or benefit is there in playing video games for hours?

  1. See Society and Culture/Video Games.
  2. Science, Technology, and Ethics/Cancer Risks With Technology.
  3. Science, Technology, and Ethics/Online Social Networks.

Immigration--Should illegal immigrants be made legal citizens?

  1. See Law and Politics/Illegal Immigrants.
  2. Law and Politics/Children of Illegal Immigrants.
  3. Law and Politics/Emigration and Immigration.

Internet and children--Are children smarter (or more socialized) because of the Internet?

  1. Science, Technology, and Ethics/Technology and Education.
  2. Science, Technology, and Ethics/Internet.
  3. Science, Technology, and Ethics/Online Social Networks.
  4. Science, Technology, and Ethics/Internet Activism.
  5. Science, Technology, and Ethics/Online Social Networks.

Juvenile offenders--Should juvenile offenders be tried and punished as adults?

  1. See Law and Politics/Juvenile Offenders.
  2. Do a general search for trying juveniles as adults.

Literacy--Are Americans "literate?"

  1. See Society and Culture/Literacy.
  2. Society and Culture/Education.
  3. Science, Technology, and Ethics/Technology and Education.

Media--Does the media, both print and broadcast, report fairly? Does it ever cross the line between reporting the news and creating the news?

  1. See Society and Culture, Media Bias.
  2. Science, Technology, and Ethics/Politics and Media.
  3. Science, Technology, and Ethics/Journalism.

Models--Should there be a minimum weight limit?

  1. See Health and Medicine/Body Image.
  2. Health and Medicine/Eating Disorders.
  3. Society and Culture/Culture of Beauty.

Obesity and weight loss--Should thin people have to pay Medicare and other health costs for the health problems of obese people? Should obese people have higher premiums?

  1. See Health and Medicine/Obesity.
  2. Health and Medicine/Childhood Obesity.
  3. Health and Medicine/Health Care Issues.
  4. Health and Medicine/Health Insurance.
  5. Health and Medicine/Western Diets.
  6. Society and Culture/Junk Food.

School lunches--Should government impose restrictions on what kinds of foods can be served in school cafeterias?

  1. Do a general search for school lunches.
  2. Health and Medicine/Western Diets.
  3. Health and Medicine/Junk Food.
  4. Health and Medicine/Nutrition.

School uniforms--What are the pros or cons of school uniforms?

  1. See Society and Culture/School Uniforms.
  2. Society and Culture/Student Rights.

Single sex schools--Do children learn better in boys-only and girls-only schools?

  1. Do a general search for single sex schools.
  2. Do a general search for coeducational schools.
  3. See Society and Culture/Student Rights.

Spanking--Should it be outlawed?

  1. Do a general search for corporal punishment.
  2. Do a general search for spanking.
  3. See Society and Culture/Parenting.

Suicide bombers--What kind of person becomes a suicide bomber?

  1. Do a general search for suicide bomber.
  2. War and Diplomacy/Terrorism.
  3. War and Diplomacy/Islamic Fundamentalism.
  4. War and Diplomacy/Taliban.
  5. Society and Culture/Suicide.

Workaholics--Do Americans work too hard? Does working more actually reduce productivity? Is a 40-hour work week too much? Should there be a mandatory cap on the number of hours a person can work?

  1. See Society and Culture/Work and Family.
  2. Do a general search for workaholics.

Working mothers--What differences, if any, are there in children who are raised by stay-at-home moms and working moms?

  1. See Society and Culture/Working Women.
  2. Society and Culture/Work and Family.

Racial bias in media--Does news coverage favor whites?

  1. See Society and Culture/Media Bias.
  2. Society and Culture/Racial Profiling.
  3. Society and Culture/Racism.
  4. Society, Technology, and Ethics/Journalism.