Starting Research on Science and Ethics
You are to research and take a position on one aspect of science or technology.
What do you need?
- A topic for which you can create a call to action
- EIGHT scholarly sources (or more to support your discussion and argument)
- MLA citation style
Researching an issue can be come overwhelming in several ways.
- There is a lot of emotion which can obscure the facts and discussion, especially when discussing religion, politics or national pride.
- Statistics can be misused and selectively interpreted which alters the meaning of the numbers.
- People, otherwise well-known and respected, can misspeak or be misquoted.
- Issues can turn out to be much larger than they appear at first glance.
So how do you deal with the emotional fog and the size of your issue?
First, take a deep breath.
Second, look at the issues currently in the news. The media (both traditional and social networks) comment or report on a variety of issues. In many cases, they present the sensational side of the topic. That is one way to examine a topic, but you will be looking for scholarly, balanced discussion to inform your paper.
Third, find out about your issue so you know all sides and arguments. A good place to start may be the PEW Research Center. This non-partisan research center studies American life and society through many perspectives, including scientific and ethical.
Finally, remember the tabs on this page are to help you in locating these sources and proper citation format. If you need more help, do not hesitate to contact the librarian!
Last Update: August 12, 2014 11:06