DEBATE RESEARCH Assignmentlast
Each debate group must select a
general debate topic no later than 9/23.
The group will schedule a meeting
with one of the professional staff members at the library. All
members will be expected to attend the meeting and the group will submit
a short report on the meeting including meeting time and date,
who attended, topics covered, most useful information learned , a brief
description of the group's research strategy, plus any other material
you deem relevant.
Following the meeting with the
librarian, each member of the debate group must submit a
preliminary annotated bibliography of resources on the debate topic by
This preliminary bibliography
must contain at least five sources presented in correct MLA or APA
format. Each entry must be followed by a
one or two sentence
annotation. At least five sources must be from scholarly books,
journals or other "serious" publications. Additional sources may
include web site pages.
At least one of the sources must
be identified as a potential "group overview source."
(An overview source is one which describes the topic broadly and is
likely to contain history of the topic/controversy, some explanation
of the status quo and a general outline of some of the
following: current policy/procedures (status quo), key issues,
conflicts, problems and/or proposed solutions.
Send your preliminary annotated
bibliography by EMAIL to the instructor AND each of the
other three members of your debate group by
I suggest group members divide up
search strategies so that the preliminary bibliographies will "cover the
whole territory." For example, one person might search
Academic Search Premiere,
another might try Lexis-Nexis, a third might search government documents
or discipline specific data-bases,
The group will select one or more of the "group overview sources" that all group
members will read (and inform the instructor).
Each team, affirmative and negative,
will continue to research the topic while building their cases.
Remember, case building and case research go hand in hand. Case
building depends on seeking and identifying information needed to meet
(or refute) the requirements of a policy case.
NOTE: The "Brief,"
to be submitted following your debate, will include all evidence used in
your debate with appropriate citations. Keep accurate
records/notes of your research!
a data base from the Hewes Library, is a particularly
useful resource for getting started on researching current event,
controversial issues. A good starting place for debaters and
selecting debate topics.
Web Site on Citing Sources
(This is the site created by the author of the
writing and style manual you used in ILA and