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The following assignments will encourage students to search the Library's newspaper databases, such as Lexis/Nexis, ProQuest, and Ethnic NewsWatch.
1. Examine how different sources treat a controversial issue (e.g., blogs, newspaper editorial, popular magazine, and scholarly journals)
2. Read an editorial or opinion piece and locate evidence to support it.
3. Examine a local issue by researching how other communities have responded to the issue through newspaper databases,
4. Introduce students to controversial topics by having them search the CQ Researcher, a database that provides researchers with an introductory overview; background and chronology on the topic; an assessment of the current situation; tables and maps; pro/con statements from representatives of opposing positions; and bibliographies of key sources.
5. Follow a legislative bill through Congress. Who and what is behind the legislation? What are the political ramifications of the legislation? This assignment will introduce students to the Thomas, the Congressional legislative database.
6. Ask your students to research local or state policy issues related to the topic of the course and the local community. Ask them to investigate possible courses of action to resolve problems facing the community. Results could be sent to local or state officials for review. [from North Harris College Library]
7. Ask students to propose a new action, procedure or activity in a particular workplace setting (emergency room, classroom, retail setting, etc.) and conduct research to locate materials that support the need for and the proposed new action. [from Pace University Library]