This unit asks you to think critically about opioid abuse or some other form of addiction in our community. It’s a problem that raises questions about our health care system, access to additional services (mental health, etc.), the role played by our criminal justice system, and the specific needs of people living with addiction.
Consider the various issues related to addiction and focus on a particular sub-topic that interests you. Compose an argumentative paper in response to it. An argumentative paper can be any of the following:
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Don't feel obligated to choose one of these. They are simply suggestions...
You are not an expert. I don't expect you to be one, either. Instead, offer an informed opinion.
Don't be afraid to change your mind during the research process. You are allowed to use the word “I” in your paper. If you are feeling overwhelmed, try to make your topic as specific as possible. Make sure you understand a claim before you develop an opinion in response to it. Let your interests guide you. Find something you're excited to learn more about. If you have an idea that doesn't exactly fit our framework, come and talk to me. We'll work something out.
To find sources from peer-reviewed Academic Journals, make use of the resources we have available through the PSU Behrend John M. Lilley Library (among others). Search our databases for essays and articles to support your claims.
Our library's website offers a page devoted to Research Guides, which is located here: http://www.libraries.psu.edu/psul/researchguides.html
Some databases available through our library website include:
If you have chosen several scholarly or peer -reviewed sources, your others can come from a more mainstream source. Consider things like newspapers (Erie Times News, New York Times, Washington Post, etc.) and credible magazines (The Atlantic Monthly, Time, The New Yorker, etc.).
Avoid blog entries, Wikipedia and self-published texts, unless your inquiry makes these sources necessary (i.e. a message board may be appropriate if you're writing about online communities related to addiction). If you are unclear about what constitutes a reputable source, email me or speak to me during class.
If you would like to conduct primary research (i.e. interview someone, conduct a poll, etc.), I'm happy to allow you to do so. Primary research can count as one of your non-scholarly sources, but check in with me before you include it in the paper.