Researching for Debates: General Resources

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In the United States, current income disparities threaten democratic ideals.

Be careful about which sources you cite for this topic. Obviously, this is a very polarizing subject, and you should make sure that you are using well-researched sources.

Database Articles
These are only a fraction of the articles available. Try searching for "democracy" or "capitalism" to expand your search.
Gale Opposing Viewpoints Occupy Wall Street

Gale Opposing Viewpoints: Are America's Wealthy Too Powerful?

Gale Opposing Viewpoints: Our Unequal Democracy

Gale Opposing Viewpoints: Our Democracy is Fundamentally Corrupted

Gale Opposing Viewpoints: Capitalism Is at Odds with Democracy

New York Times Special Report on the Occupy Movement
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Occupy Wall Street Movement
A great collection of resources from the John Jay College of Criminal Justice, CUNY

Here's What the Wall Street Protesters Are So Angry About. . . (41 Charts)

Parsing the Data and Ideology of the We Are 99% Tumblr

Individuals have a moral obligation to assist people in need.

Statistics on charitable giving

Charity Facts

Wiki-Leaks is a threat to U. S. Security.

"WikiLeaks is a non-profit media organization dedicated to bringing important news and information to the public. We provide an innovative, secure and anonymous way for independent sources around the world to leak information to our journalists. We publish material of ethical, political and historical significance while keeping the identity of our sources anonymous, thus providing a universal way for the revealing of suppressed and censored injustices."

WikiLeaks: The New York Times Archive

Northwestern University School of Journalism: Wikileaks,Journalism and National Security

Silha Center for the Study of Media Ethics and Law :Wiki Leaks Document Dump Sparks debate

Finding Dulcinea Educational Web guide to Wiki leaks

Books: On Reserve at the Library's Front Desk
National Security 355.03 NAT
Patriot Act 345.73 PAT
Patriot Act 345.73 MIL
Patriot Act: A Documentary and Reference Guide REF 345.73 FOE

In the United States, plea bargaining undermines the criminal justice system.

Database Articles
CQ Researcher Report on Plea Bargaining

Gale Opposing Viewpoints: Articles on Plea Bargaining

ABA Standards on "Pleas of Guilty"

Frontline: The Plea
"What are the implications of a system that relies on pleas to expedite justice?"

Cyberbullying should be a criminal offense.

Try keywords: cyberbullying, internet safety, crime, criminalization, technology

Database Articles
CQ Researcher Report on Cyberbullying

Books: on reserve at the library's front desk
Internet Safety 302.231 INT
Bullying 302.3 BUL
Does the Internet Increase Crime? 364.25 DOE

Cyberbullying Research Center
This web site serves as a clearinghouse of information concerning the ways adolescents use and misuse technology. It is intended to be a resource for parents, educators, law enforcement officers, counselors, and others who work with youth. Here you will find facts, figures, and detailed stories from those who have been directly impacted by online aggression. In addition, the site includes numerous resources to help you prevent and respond to cyberbullying incidents.

Abuse of illegal drugs should be treated as a matter of public health, not a matter for the criminal justice system.

Try keywords: drug abuse, drug policy, criminalization, legalization, public health, marijuana

Database Articles
CQ Researcher Report: Drug-Policy Debate

CQ Researcher Report: War on Drugs

CQ Research Report: Legalizing Marijuana

Books: on reserve at the library's front desk
Public Health 362.1 PUB
The War on Drugs 345.7302 WAR
Drug Legalization 363.45 PAR
Drugs 362.29 DRU
The War on Drugs 363.45 WAR

Office of National Drug Control Policy
"The principal purpose of ONDCP is to establish policies, priorities, and objectives for the Nation's drug control program. The goals of the program are to reduce illicit drug use, manufacturing, and trafficking, drug-related crime and violence, and drug-related health consequences. To achieve these goals, the Director of ONDCP is charged with producing the National Drug Control Strategy. The Strategy directs the Nation's anti-drug efforts and establishes a program, a budget, and guidelines for cooperation among Federal, State, and local entities."

Rand Drug Policy Research Center
"Since 1989, the RAND Drug Policy Research Center has conducted research to help community leaders and public officials develop more effective ways of dealing with drug problems. In doing so, the DPRC brings an objective, pragmatic perspective to this often emotional and fractious policy arena. The Center's goal is to provide a firm, empirical foundation on which sound policies can be built."

Drug Policy Alliance
"The Drug Policy Alliance (DPA) is the nation's leading organization promoting policy alternatives to the drug war that are grounded in science, compassion, health and human rights."

Birthright citizenship should be abolished in the United States

try keywords: anchor babies, illegal immigration,jus soli, 14th Ammendment

The following databases will have many articles on birthright citizenship. Remember to try alternate keyword searches as well:
Sirs Researcher, Gale Opposing Viewpoints,
EbscoNewspaper Source


Migration Policy Institute
2010 Report from the National Center on Immigrant Integration Policy. "MPI is an independent, non partisan, nonprofit think tank dedicated to the study of the movement of people worldwide."

Congressional Research Service Report on Birthright Citizenship

Council on Foreign Relations: The Birthright Citizenship Debate


What Rights Should Illegal Immigrants Have 342.73 WHA
Illegal Immigration 325.73 ILL
Immigration and Illegal Aliens: Burden or Blessing 304.8 BEC

The United States Should Suspend All Assistance to Pakistan

Cq Researcher article on US/Pakistan relations
Cq Researcher article on Foreign aid and National security
Opposing Viewpoints article: US Should Not Support Pakistan

Brookings Institute Opinion Pieces on Aid to Pakistan - The Brookings Institute is a Washington think tank specializing in foreign policy. Well researched and informed pieces for research.

USAID Pakistan- The official federal government agency that oversees aid to Pakistan. Remember who the source is on this.

Center for Global Development Aid to Pakistan by the numbers- Economic data from another Washington think tank who " works to reduce global poverty and inequality through rigorous research and active engagement with the policy community to make the world a more prosperous, just, and safe place for us all. A nimble, independent, nonpartisan, and nonprofit think tank, CGD combines world-class research with policy analysis and innovative communications to turn ideas into action."

NPR Story on Aid to Pakistan

Council on Foreign Relations Experts' Opinions on Aid to Pakistan

Books on reserve at the library's front desk:

Descent Into Chaos: The US and the Disaster in Pakistan, Afghanistan and Central Asia 954.05 RAS
Pakistan 954.9105 PAK
Pakistan Global Studies Handbook 954.91 MOH

Targeted Killing is a Morally Permissible Foreign Policy Tool

keywords: War, moral and ethical aspects, Drone aircraft, ethics of war, war on terror, just war,

Cq Researcher Report: Drone Warfare: Is it Ethical?

Sirs Researcher article UN Expert Calls CIA Targeted Killings Illegal

Sirs Researcher article Use of Drones in Pakistan and Afghanistan: Deadly, but Legal?

PBS: Drones and the Ethics of War

Moral Dilemmas of Modern War ebook from Cambridge University Press. See Chapter 5

NPR: How the US Approaches Targeted Killing

The Economist: Targeted Killings: The Ethics and Realpolitik of Assasination

New York Times Op/ed : A Just Act of War

Books on hold at the library's front desk:

Issues for Debate in American Foreign Policy:Selections from CQ Researcher
327.73 ISS