IssueWeb: A Guide and Sourcebook for Researching Controversial Issues on the Web / Edition 1

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Finding reputable sources can be tricky when researching controversial topics, particularly when using the World Wide Web. This invaluable sourcebook helps you sift through the mountains of information in cyberspace and take full advantage of all the Web has to offer. Valuable instruction on researching hot topics, as well as techniques for evaluating Web information sources, is provided through 40 Issue Briefs. Each brief includes background on the topic, an outline of key controversies, suggested search terms for use in search engines and other databases, and lists of relevant websites divided into five categories—reference, law/legislation, news, data, and advocacy.

Appendices of think-tank and opinion magazine sites provide additional sources for extending research. Students can browse the Issue Briefs to find interesting research topics and use the sites listed in the guide to locate information for projects. Instructors teaching research skills, critical thinking, and source evaluation can use IssueWeb to direct their students to high quality information sources on the Web. Additionally, librarians working in school, public, and college libraries can use it as a reference source to assist their clientele. This tremendously useful sourcebook will prove valuable to high school students, undergraduates, instructors, and the librarians who serve them.

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Editorial Reviews

School Library Journal
A veritable gold mine of more than 40 well-organized, well-presented issues briefs follows three remarkably clear, concise chapters on finding, evaluating, and incorporating Internet resources. Using experience gleaned from teaching students online to research the Web, the authors introduce topics such as browsing, narrowing, assessing needs, and selecting tools and terminology, e.g., Boolean and other symbologies. They do an excellent job of taking readers through steps needed to evaluate each resource's value for the project, and then to put it all together with helpful instructions for citations and plagiarism avoidance. Ninety percent of the book is devoted to issues briefs, organized alphabetically from abortion through world trade. Each one follows a consistent format beginning with a two-page summary and suggested sites for that topic. Sites are grouped into reference, news, law and legislation, data, and advocacy (pro and con). Appendixes include a listing of online opinion magazines, think tanks, and proprietary databases. This easy-to-use, easy-to-reference book is a godsend for those who are able to incorporate controversial issues into their research instruction. While sites, of course, are subject to change, most seem to have relative permanence so the book should retain relevance for some time to come.-Mary R. Hofmann, Rivera Middle School, Merced, CA Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781591580782
  • Publisher: Libraries Unlimited
  • Publication date: 3/30/2004
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 304
  • Product dimensions: 6.10 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet the Author

KAREN R. DIAZ is an Instruction Librarian at the Ohio State University Libraries, Columbus. She currently teaches online courses on research skills for college students. She has held positions as Web librarian, reference librarian, and online coordinator in academic libraries. Karen holds a Masters of Library Information Science from Louisiana State University. Other publications include articles and an edited book about online reference and research.

NANCY O'HANLON is currently an Instruction Librarian at the Ohio State University Libraries, Columbus, where she is responsible for developing and managing online information literacy programs. Nancy received an M.S. in Library Information Science from University of Illinois, Urbana, in 1983. In addition to holding various library positions at Ohio State, she was Associate Director of the Eisenhower National Clearinghouse for Mathematics and Science Education, and has also worked as a freelance Web developer. She has published a variety of articles on instruction-related topics.

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Table of Contents

Pt. 1 Guide to issues research
1 Finding resources 3
2 Evaluating your resources 15
3 Incorporating your resources 25
Pt. 2 Issue briefs
All topics 33
Abortion 38
Adoption 43
Animal rights 48
Assisted suicide 53
Censorship 58
Church and state 63
Civil liberties 68
Corporate responsibility 73
Death penalty 78
Diversity 82
Drug policy 87
Election reform 93
Energy supply and policy 99
Fair wages 104
Farmland 109
Food safety 114
Gay rights 119
Genetic engineering 124
Global warming 130
Gun control 136
Hate groups and crimes 141
Health policy 147
Homeland defense 153
Homelessness 158
Immigration 163
National defense 168
Prisons 174
Race relations 179
Reparations for slavery 184
Reproductive technologies 188
School reform 193
School violence 198
Smoking 203
Substance abuse 208
Teen pregnancy 213
Terrorism 218
Water resources 224
Weapons 229
Welfare reform 235
World trade 240
App. A Opinion magazines 245
App. B Think tanks 253
App. C Proprietary databases 263
Subject index 265
Site title index 275
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