99 Jumpstarts to Research: Topic Guides for Finding Information on Current Issues


In 2030, it is projected that 65 percent of the population will be over 65. The U.S. Government Census Bureau reveals that over an adult's working life, college graduates typically earn close to $1 million more than high school graduates. About 43 percent of American families spend more than they earn each year.

These three factoids represent a tiny fraction of the potential research subjects contained in 99 Jumpstarts to Research: Topic Guides for Finding Information on Current...

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In 2030, it is projected that 65 percent of the population will be over 65. The U.S. Government Census Bureau reveals that over an adult's working life, college graduates typically earn close to $1 million more than high school graduates. About 43 percent of American families spend more than they earn each year.

These three factoids represent a tiny fraction of the potential research subjects contained in 99 Jumpstarts to Research: Topic Guides for Finding Information on Current Issues, Second Edition, a completely revised follow-up to the original edition. Every jumpstart—each focused upon a current, timely issue—contains ideas for narrowing the topic, research keywords, suggested best books and databases, and Internet sites. This book supports both faculty and students in identifying compelling topics, effectively evaluating and selecting resources in today's information-overload world, and deriving enjoyment from the research and writing process.

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"An excellent purchase for high-school libraries, this provides both teachers and librarians a wonderful starting point for student papers and projects in the social sciences."


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School Library Journal
A useful book for developing good research habits in high school students. Each Jumpstart (usually two pages) includes suggested search terms; questions to think about related to the topic; sources for background and statistics; a listing of specific LC and Sears subject headings; magazines and newspapers; Internet sources with specific URLs and suggestions for locating additional Web sites; and agencies both private and public. The 99 alphabetized topics range from abortion, alternative medicine, cults, political ethics, and hazardous waste to medicinal uses of marijuana, work ethic, and youth crime. Bibliographies include database and print sources used in the text, followed by a subject directory. With this book, and by creating one's own Jumpstart topics, media specialists could plan a staff development for teachers and public library personnel to initiate a dialogue between those who assign the topics and those who hustle to find the resources. This might lead to the development of an "Assignment Alert" form to encourage continued communication. As dialogue continues, additional topics suggested by teachers and librarians could be added to the list, using the same format to extend the model presented in the book. This is a timely, practical, no-nonsense approach to research. All librarians serving high school students will want it. Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information.
This high school-level research guide provides some direction for finding out about 99 current and controversial topics, including abortion, capital punishment, gun control, road rage, immigration, and suicide. Entries provide a basic description of the topic, list headings and key words for searching library catalogs or the Internet, list reference works and primary source material, and offer questions to help formulate a thesis. Specific advice is offered for using the Internet, including tips on selecting search engines, using specialized databases, and expanding or limiting searches. Whitley teaches education at Kingwood College. Olson teaches English at Tomball College. Goodwin is a reference librarian at Kingwood College. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781598843682
  • Publisher: ABC-CLIO, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 8/20/2010
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 234
  • Product dimensions: 8.40 (w) x 10.90 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Meet the Author

Peggy J. Whitley is Director of Teaching, Learning, and Distance Education, Kingwood College, Kingwood, Texas.

Catherine C. Olson is Associate Professor of English, Tomball College, in Tomball, Texas.

SUSAN GOODWIN is Reference Librarian, Kingwood College, Kingwood, Texas.

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Table of Contents

Jumpstarts for Searching the World Wide Web
1 Abortion 2
2 Affirmative Action 4
3 Alcohol Advertising 6
4 Alternative Fuels 8
5 Alternative Medicine 10
6 Animal Research 12
7 Assisted Suicide 14
8 Athletes as Role Models 16
9 Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder 18
10 Campaign Finance Reform 20
11 Capital Punishment 22
12 Cashless Society 24
13 Changing Job Market 26
14 Child Care 28
15 Child Labor 30
16 Cloning and Genetic Research 32
17 Community College Standards 34
18 Crime in the Neighborhoods 36
19 Crimes Against the Elderly 38
20 Criminal Psychology 40
21 Cults 42
22 Cultural Heritage 44
23 Curfews 46
24 Divorce - No-Fault 48
25 Does a College Education Pay? 50
26 Downtown: Can it be Saved? 52
27 Dress Codes 54
28 Drinking on Campus 56
29 Drug Testing in the Workplace 58
30 Drunk Driving 60
31 Dual Career Families 62
32 Dual Enrollment 64
33 Eating Disorders: Anorexia and Bulimia 66
34 Educating Homeless Children 68
35 Election Reform 70
36 Electronic Copyright 72
37 Emerging Infectious Diseases 74
38 Energy Sources 76
39 English as America's Official Language 78
40 Ethics and Organ Allocation 80
41 Ethics of Political Leaders 82
42 Ethnic Cleansing 84
43 FDA and Medicine Approval 86
44 Fitness for Children 88
45 Flexible Work Schedules 90
46 Food Safety 92
47 Gambling as a Moral Issue 94
48 Gangs 96
49 Gender Differences: Environmental or Genetic? 98
50 Glass Ceiling 100
51 Green Companies 102
52 Greenhouse Effect 104
53 Gun Control 106
54 Hazardous Waste 108
55 Health Insurance Debate 110
56 The Homeless 112
57 Honor System in Colleges 114
58 Human Rights of Prisoners 116
59 Hunger in America 118
60 Illegal Immigration 120
61 Income Gap 122
62 Media Influence on Public Opinion 124
63 Medicinal Uses of Marijuana 126
64 Mergers and Megacompanies 128
65 NAFTA 130
66 Non-Traditional Family 132
67 Ozone Layer 134
68 Police Brutality 136
69 Political Correctness 138
70 Rape 140
71 Recycling 142
72 Road Rage 144
73 Same-Sex Marriage 146
74 School Choice and Vouchers 148
75 School Prayer 150
76 School Violence 152
77 Sex and Violence on TV 154
78 Sex Education 156
79 Sex Offender Notification 158
80 Sexual Harassment in the Workplace 160
81 Single-Sex Schools 162
82 Social Security Reform 164
83 Sports and Lifelong Benefits 166
84 Sports Arenas 168
85 Standardized Tests 170
86 State Lotteries 172
87 Suicide in Elderly 174
88 Superstores 176
89 Tax Reform 178
90 Term Limits 180
91 Tobacco Regulations 182
92 Tort Reform 184
93 Web TV 186
94 Welfare Reform 188
95 Women's Athletics 190
96 Work Ethic 192
97 World Population and Hunger 194
98 Year-Round Schools 196
99 Youth Crime 198
Bibliography 201
Subject Directory 219
Index 221
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  • Posted February 9, 2012

    A Needed Guide

    The SCHOOL LIBRARY JOURNAL's praise for this guide seems well-founded. This may be the best volume in the series yet: a wide variety of topics that fascinate people of all ages (including my favorite, "Hoarding"), ample photographs, and admirable amounts of information by three expert reference librarians with long careers. Research has an addictive quality if the topic's right, and this is just that kind of rare guide that helps students find what they want to uncover, launch the investigation well, and eventually deliver a paper that people like myself (a writing professor) will actually enjoy reading.

    I'd say it's a must have for any library where research papers will begin.

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