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ENG 101 - Marijuana or Smart Phones (Autenzio)

This guide will help you find and use library resources for Paper 2 in Ms. Autenzio's English 101 course.

2. Explore Your Topic

After thoroughly examining your assignment, now it's time to pick your topic and start doing some initial background research. Remember, your topic choices are:

1) Argue for/against the legalization of marijuana in the United States

OR

2) Argue for/against the dangers of smartphone usage by teenagers and/or adults

*Tip: Decide what your opinion on the issue is; you cannot argue both sides.

When you're ready, try a search in the following database to learn more about your topic.

Some initial searches might be:

  • marijuana legalization
  • marijuana and United States
  • smartphone usage and teenagers
  • smartphone usage and health

Analyze Your Topic

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Who

Who are the people or organizations that determine the United States' policies on marijuana?

Who are the people in American society who hold various opinions about smartphones?

What

What are the prevailing attitudes in America toward marijuana OR smartphones.  What has influenced these attitudes?

When

Have attitudes toward either issue in the United States changed over time? If so, when, and why?

Where

For either topic, you should focus on the United States and how these issues are reflected in American society. Especially for the topic of marijuana legalization, you need to focus on the U.S. context.

Why

Why is the debate on marijuana legalization or the implications of smartphone usage important to people?