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Georgetown Policy Debate Seminar

Resources for Summer 2020 program.

What's in this guide?

Policy Debate Topic: Criminal Justice Reform

Resolved: The United States federal government should enact substantial criminal justice reform in the United States in one or more of the following: forensic science, policing, sentencing.

Questions? Please email me or make a Zoom research consultation appointment:

Guide Table of Contents

Research Tips

  1. Ask a subject specialist. Take advantage of librarian expertise in several subject areas. You may also make a Zoom consultation appointment or use online chat.
  2. Find background information about or context for your research question.

  3. Decide on a keyword strategy for searching.

    • List nouns, synonyms or related terms, and phrases that describe your topic

    • Example terms list: wolves, Canis lupus, Yellowstone National Park, wildlife management, population, ecosystem, predators, prey, moose, reintroduction, introduction, restoration

    • Example search: (wolves or canis lupus) and Yellowstone and (reintroduction or restoration)

      • More terms = more specific, fewer results

      • Fewer terms = more general, more results

  4. Find books and articles.

    • Check the bibliographies of sources you find to expand your collection of sources.

    • Search library resources in HoyaSearch. Select Online Only from the search box drop down menu.

  5. Find Opinion and Commentary.

    • Add one or more of these terms to your search: editorial, opinion, analysis, commentary, comparative

    • Explore resources such as CQ Researcher or Policy File Index to find analysis.

Background: Online Encyclopedias & Ebooks

Books can provide context and background on a subject. Read the introduction and skim the table of contents to find the most pertinent information. In the library's search tool, HoyaSearch, use the drop down menu to select "Online Only" to locate ebooks.

News Articles

Think Tanks & Reports

Article Databases

Government & Law

U.S. Data & Statistics

Research Guides

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