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Research

Knowledge is power.  The more you know about both sides of your topic, the 
more effectively you will be able to convince your readers.  Browse through 
the links below and choose a site that might give you information that you 
can use in your persuasive essay.  Reasearch is finding facts and truths 
about something you need or want to know.  You can research something as 
simply as "What is a square?" or something as difficult as
"How does one use 
nuclear power safely?"  By doing research, you can answer most factual 
problems having to do with events, people, places or things.

Internet Links


ANIMAL TESTING - EcoWatch  
Be A Cruelty-Free Consumer! 
You might be surprised at the number of products that you use just each
morning that have caused physical pain and/or death to millions of animals.
Whether it's the soap you use to clean your pits, or the shampoo you use to
have apple-scented hair, you have the right to know if your products have been
tested on animals.
http://www.brainevent.com/be/TheNews/eco_watch/20010725/index_html

ANIMAL TESTING - Animal testing should be banned . . .
http://www.animals-alone.com/testing.html

AZ LAW - Law for Kids - An educational resource explaining Arizona laws
affecting kids in understandable terms
http://www.lawforkids.org/

COMPOSTING & RECYCLING - On the teen version section of the Environmental
Protection Agency's website, look specifically at the "Act" section.Click on
"by education yourself," then click on "Reducing Waste & Recycling" and
finally click on "Municipal Solid Waste: Facts & Figures."  This will give you
info. that you can use to prove some of your supporting arguments for having a
compost pile at your school.You make choices every day that affect the
environment: Do I throw away this notebook paper? Do I buy this blouse or
shirt? What do I pack in my lunch? The purpose of the Your Environment. Your
Choice. campaign is to provide you with the information you need to answer
these questions. You'll be able to make environmentally sound choices about
the products and natural resources you use, the waste you create and the
environment in which you live.
http://www.epa.gov/epawaste/education/teens/index.htm

COMPOSTING & RECYCLING - Evironmental Protection Agency
http://www.epa.gov/

COMPOSTING - The edible schoolyard: reading, writing, planting, composting, 
slicing and dicing - the Edible Schoolyard project was started at a 
Berkeley, CA grade school after Alice Waters founder of a nearby restaurant, 
visited the school and saw the junk food the children lived on - Food For 
Thought - Brief Article
http://findarticles.com/p/articles/mi_m1525/is_/ai_20049983

COMPOSTING & RECYCLING - Arizona Department of Environmental Quality
http://www.azdeq.gov/

COMPOSTING & RECYCLING - Specifically for kids - Arizona Department of 
Environmental Quality
http://www.azdeq.gov/function/education/index.html

DISSECTION - The National Association of Biology Teachers officially says that
"There is no suitable alternative to the real dissection of animals and that
dissection is essential to the understanding of life on earth." So what about
all those students who oppose dissection for religious or moral reasons?
http://www.kidzworld.com/site/p3946.htm

DISSECTION - Petakids - More and more students from elementary school to
veterinary and medical school are taking a stand againstdissection before it
happens in their classes.
http://www.petakids.com/disindex.html

DRINKING - Al-Anon/Alateen

For over 50 years, Al-Anon (which includes Alateen for younger members) has 
been offering hope and help to families and friends of alcoholics. It is 
estimated that each alcoholic affects the lives of at least four other 
people... alcoholism is truly a family disease. No matter what relationship 
you have with an alcoholic, whether they are still drinking or not, all who 
have been affected by someone else�s drinking can find solutions that lead 
to serenity in the Al-Anon/Alateen fellowship.
http://www.al-anon.alateen.org/english.html

DRINKING - Teens: Alcohol And Other Drugs - facts for families
http://www.aacap.org/page.ww?section=Facts+for+Families&name=Teens%3A+Alcohol+And+Other+Drugs

DRINKING - Alcoholics Anonymous� is a fellowship of men and women who share their 
experience, strength and hope with each other that they may solve their 
common problem and help others to recover from alcoholism.
http://www.alcoholics-anonymous.org/?Media=PlayFlash

DRUGS - Drugs - teenagers
http://www.betterhealth.vic.gov.au/BHCV2/bhcarticles.nsf/pages/Drugs_teenagers?OpenDocument

ENERGY - Unisource Energy Services - Gives info. on ways to save energy.
http://uesaz.com/community/education/home.html

ENERGY - ASU Information Technology on energy saving tips.
http://www.asu.edu/it/news/energy/

ENVIRONMENT - Phoenix.gov - Environmental programs
http://phoenix.gov/ENVPGM/envidx.html

FIRE - U.S. Fire Administration for Kids
http://www.usfa.dhs.gov/kids/parents-teachers/discuss.shtm

FIRE - U.S. Fire Administration for Kids - Publications and other fire safety 
resources for children.
http://www.usfa.dhs.gov/kids/parents-teachers/resources.shtm

GANGS - Phoenix.gov - Gangs
http://phoenix.gov//POLICE/kidscls2.html

GANGS - Gangs - Youth groups and gangs are difficult to define, because there
are many different types, some involved in crime, some just friends, and some
very structured, with a clear leader. What we think of when we hear the word
gang is often the most extreme type of gang: a group of three or more youths 
whose members routinely commit serious crimes and regularly engage in severe 
acts of violence.
http://www.deal.org/content/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=538&Itemid=636

GENERAL RESEARCH - Sirs Discoverer
To be used for research, a general reference data base that includes an 
encyclopedia, World Almanac, biographies of U.S. Presidents, 
photo essays, activities, country facts , a dictionary, current events, maps 
of the world, spotlight of the month, and a thesaurus. There are also 
newspaper and magazine articles with reading levels assigned to them.
http://www.sirs.com

GENERAL RESEARCH - Infoplease
To be used for research.
http://www.infoplease.com

GENERAL RESEARCH - Kidspace @ the Internet Public Library
Got a question? Ask our Ask a Question librarians!
http://www.ipl.org/div/kidspace/

GENERAL RESEARCH - American Library Association
http://www.ala.org/gwstemplate.cfm?section=greatwebsites&template=/cfapps/gws/default.cfm

GENERAL RESEARCH - Time for Kids
http://www.timeforkids.com/TFK/

GENERAL RESEARCH - Nettrekker
http://www.nettrekker.com

GENERAL RESEARCH - Park Library catalog - One really helpful component is
Webpath Express. When searching for a title in the catalog, you will see links
to websites(labeled Webpath Express) that are geared to middle school
students. You can use it even when you are not looking for a book in the
library.  There is also a  visual search component.
http://books.msd38.local/common/welcome.jsp?site=104

GENERAL RESEARCH - Madison School District Web Resources
http://www.msd38.k12.az.us/HTML/web_resources.htm

GRADUATING - Math and Reading Help
A high school diploma can be the gateway to postsecondary education, better
employment and a successful college career. Read on to learn more about...
http://math-and-reading-help-for-kids.org/articles/The_Importance_of_a_High_School_Diploma.html

GRADUATING - eHow - Why a High School Diploma Is Important
http://www.ehow.com/facts_5306532_high-school-diploma-important.html

HUNTING - NRA-ILA - HUNTING FACTS - Hunting is an integral part of the fabric
of our economy and cultural heritage and it is also an important wildlife
management tool.
http://www.nraila.org/Issues/FactSheets/Read.aspx?ID=124

HUNTING - Illinois Department of Natural Resources - Discusses topics such
as:What is Hunting?; Wildlife and Huntable Species; The Human Predator - Our
Place in Nature; Population and Habitat; Environmental Benefits of Hunting;
Environmental Impacts of Hunting; Social Benefits of Hunting; Societal Impacts
of Hunting; Personal Beliefs, Personal Choices
http://dnr.state.il.us/lands/education/pheasants/

IDOLIZING CELEBRITIES - Common Dreams
A Celebrity Culture in Need of Heroes
http://www.commondreams.org/views06/0723-20.htm

IDOLIZING CELEBRITIES - Collegiate Times
Column:  Idolizing celebrities negatively affects teenagers's self-images
http://www.collegiatetimes.com/stories/10551/column-idolizing-celebrities-negatively-affects-teenagers-self-images

INTERNET - Internet Safety Tips
Information Provided by the Police Department 
 
Phoenix.gov - This page contains a few useful tips and tricks to help you 
enjoy the Internet more safely.
http://phoenix.gov/POLICE/net_safe.html

MUSIC RATINGS - Entertainment Ratings System Music
http://www.aap.org/pubed/ZZZHRPJNASD.htm?&sub_cat=17

NATIVE AMERICAN ARTIFACTS - Native American Graves Protection & Repatriation Act
http://www.encyclopedia.com/doc/1G2-3401802893.html

NATIVE AMERICAN ARTIFACTS - How to find arrowheads and other Native American
artifacts
http://www.helium.com/items/804871-how-to-find-arrowheads-and-other-native-american-artifacts

NUTRITION - Arizona Department of Education - Health and Nutrition Services
http://www.ade.az.gov/health-safety/cnp/teamnutrition/resources.asp

PROPAGANDA TECHNIQUES
http://library.thinkquest.org/C0111500/proptech.htm

PROPAGANDA TECHNIQUES - Normally I would never allow a student to use a
Wikipedia site.  However, this page does have some good information on
propaganda.  Scroll towards the bottom and you will find a variety of
propaganda techniques listed.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Propaganda

PROPAGANDA TECHNIQUES - Here is a list of persuasive techniques used in 
advertising.
http://projects.edtech.sandi.net/ofarrell/genocidewebquest/techniques.html

PROPAGANDA TECHNIQUES - You will find common persuasive techniques.
http://homepage.mac.com/suecollins/school/media/techniques.html

PROPAGANDA TECHNIQUES - You will find a list of techniques used by advertisers
at this site.
http://gci.wrdsb.on.ca/library/assignments/English/persuasive_tech.htm

PROPAGANDA TECHNIQUES - Propagandists use a variety of propaganda techniques
to influence opinions and to avoid the truth. Often these techniques rely on
some element of censorship or manipulation, either omitting significant
information or distorting it.
http://www.sourcewatch.org/index.php?title=Propaganda_techniques

PUBLIC SAFETY - Phoenix.gov - Public Safety
http://www.phoenix.gov/menu/safetraf.html

PUBLIC SAFETY - Arizona Department of Public Safety -
http://www.dps.state.az.us/safety/seatbelts/default.asp

PUBLIC SAFETY - Kids in Cars - Keeps kids safe in and around cars.
http://www.kidsincars.org/

RAINFOREST - Save the Rainforest
http://www.savetherainforest.org/

READING VS. WATCHING MOVIE - Bizymoms
Don't Wait For the Movie, Reading the Book is Better
http://www.bizymoms.com/entertainment/movie-book.html

RECYCLING - Earth 911 - Info. on recycling in Arizona.
http://arizona.earth911.org/usa/master.asp?newpostal=85014

RECYCLING - Phoenix.gov - Garbage/Recycling
http://www.phoenix.gov/GARBAGE/garbidx.html

SMOKING - American Lung Association
http://www.lungusa.org/

SOLAR ENERGY - APS
http://www.aps.com/main/green/choice/choice_82.html

SOLAR ENERGY - SRP
https://www.srpnet.com/Default.aspx

SOLAR ENERGY - Arizona Solar Center
This is your Arizona source for solar energy information.  Come inside and
explore various technologies, including photovoltaics, solar cooking, solar
water heating, solar architecture, wind power, and hands-on activities for the
classroom.  This Website is presented by the Arizona Solar Center, a
non-profit, non-partisan organization whose mission is to promote the use and
utilization of solar energy.
http://azsolarcenter.com/y

SPAY/NEUTER - SCat's Meow - Voice for the Cats:  This website talks about the
importance of 
spaying and neutering your cat.
http://cats-meow.org/spayorneuter.htm

SPAY/NEUTER - AZPETPLATES.org - Give info. on importance of spaying and
neutering your 
pets.
http://www.azpetplates.org/faq.htm

SPORTS - Natural Athletes
http://www.naturalathletes.com/articles/sports-articles/the-importance-of-high-school-sports.html

SPORTS - Teaching Expertise
Who says girls can't play on the same team as boys?
http://www.teachingexpertise.com/articles/who-says-girls-cant-play-on-the-same-team-as-boys-1345

SPORTS - Women's Sports Foundation
Co-ed Participation - Issues Related to Girls and Boys Competing With and
Against Each Other in Sports and Physical Activity Settings:  The Foundation
Position
http://www.womenssportsfoundation.org/Content/Articles/Issues/Participation/C/Coed-Participation--Issues-Related-to-Girls-and-Boys-Competing-With-and-Against-Each-Other-in-Sports.aspx

SUICIDE - How to Talk to Niece about Suicide Attempt
http://library.adoption.com/parenting-teenagers/how-to-talk-to-niece-about-suicide-attempt/article/5658/1.html

SUICIDE - Teen Suicide
http://library.adoption.com/parenting-teenagers/teen-suicide/article/2001/1.html

SUICIDE - Teen Stressors - Depression and Suicidal Behaviors
http://www.cincinnatichildrens.org/svc/alpha/p/psychiatry/teens/real-life/depression.htm

TEEN JOBS - Teens, Jobs and School: The Pros and Cons
http://ezinearticles.com/?Teens,-Jobs-and-School:-The-Pros-and-Cons&id=86750

TEEN JOBS - Jobs Hurt Grades It is a rite of passage for many teens: getting
that first after-school job. But those hours -- and the extra cash -- could
lead to problems both in and out of the classroom.
http://abclocal.go.com/wls/story?section=children_first&id=3761672

TEEN JOBS - In Their Own Words 
Work Experiences
http://usinfo.state.gov/journals/itsv/0705/ijse/work.htm

TEEN JOBS - Teens and Work
More and more teens are employed. Following are considerations about teens and
jobs.
http://www.extension.umn.edu/info-u/families/BE952.html

TRANSPORTATION - Arizona Department of Transportation - This site is designed
to provide you with a wide variety of resources and information about biking
and walking in Arizona, including places to bike and walk, how to integrate
biking and walking into your commute, important laws and policies, safety
issues, maps, 
and organizations.
http://www.azbikeped.org/

VANDALISM - Stop Vandalism
http://www.stopvandalism.net/

VIDEO GAMES - Nightly News
Researchers tout positive effects of video games.
http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/7912743/

VIDEO GAMES - Finding Dulcinea:  Librarian of the Internet
Study Addresses Positive Aspects of Video Games
http://www.findingdulcinea.com/news/technology/September-October-08/Study-Addresses-Positive-Aspects-of-Video-Games.html

WATER - City of Tempe, AZ - Water Utilities:  In our desert environment, times of 
drought are far more common than times of plenty. Don't let Arizona's 
precious resource drip away carelessly. Adopt a water-wise lifestyle.
http://www.tempe.gov/water/water1.htm

WATER - Xeriscape is a style of landscaping and irrigation which minimizes
water use through careful design and plant selection.
http://www.geagolf.com/GEA%20What%20is%20Xeriscape.html

WATER - Phoenix.gov - Phoenix is in a drought.
http://phoenix.gov/WATER/drtmain.html

American Heart Association
http://www.americanheart.org/presenter.jhtml?identifier=1200000

Other Resources

*  ENCYCLOPEDIA

*  BIOGRAPHY or AUTOBIOGRAPHY

*  INTERVIEW AN EXPERT about your subject

*  DOCUMENTARY - A television program or movie that presents factual 
information.  Everything is true.  This is not a story, but much like a 
report on film.  You can check out videos from any of the Phoenix public 
libraries and at any video store.  The video MUST be a documentary.

*  READER'S GUIDE - This book, generally referred to as the Reader's Guide, 
is an index (list) of all the articles published each year in more than 150 
of the most-read magazines.  The REader's Guide gives each magazine's title 
and issue (volume number) and the page on which to find an article.  
Articles are listed alphabetically in the index by author's last name and by 
subject. (All-Write pp. 203-204)

*  READER'S GUIDE TO PERIODICAL LITERATURE - peridocial publication often 
issued weekly or monthly, usually bound in a paper cover, containing 
articles, stories, pictures, or other feature.  If you want to use  
amagazine, use SIRS below.  (Reader's Handbook pp. 234-246)

*  NEWSPAPER - printed medium of communication, issued at regular intervals 
and providing diversified information on current events,, opinions and 
commentary on these everns, various types of feature columns, and 
advertising.  You would have to researchg this on a Phoenix Public library 
computer.  The newspapers will be printed on microfilm.  Ask the librarian 
for help.  Newspapsers may not offer information on World War II.  I would 
spend my time looking elsewhere.  (Reader's Handbook pp.  218-233)


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