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Censorship in TUSD

Research Question:

Should public schools restrict what students are allowed to read and study?

This topic will explore the different arguments for and against the idea that public schools can restrict what students study. You will be required to read and analyze many different types of information sources including articles found in popular websites and scholarly sources.

Step 1: Locate and read two background articles 

Find the following encyclopedia article by following the path provided:

Tarr, Anita, and Victor Watson. "Censorship." Cambridge Guide to Children's Books in English. Ed. Victor Watson. Cambridge, United Kingdom: Cambridge University Press, 2001. 135-136. Gale Virtual Reference Library. Web. 6 Jan. 2014.

  • From the UA Library Homepage> Search & Find > Articles & Databases
  • Under Find Databases by TITLE, select G > Gale Virtual Reference Library
  • In the search box next to Keyword, type Censorship and then click Search
  • On the search results page, scroll down to the Cambridge Guide to Children’s Books in English.
  • Click on the title of this article, Censorship
  • Read the article.

Access the following CQ Researcher article by following the path provided:

"School Censorship"

  • From the UA Library Homepage> Search & Find > Articles & Databases
  • Search & Find > Articles & Databases
  • Find Databases by TITLE > C
  • Scroll down the page and click the link CQ Researcher Plus Archive
  • In the search box, type school censorship and then click Search.
  • Click on the title: School Censorship (Date 2/19/1993)
  • Read the article.

Step 2: Analyze Articles: 

Print the Article Analysis form. You will complete this as you read the following articles:

Access Academic Search Complete:
Go to the UA Library homepage at Click Search & Find > Articles & Databases > Academic Search Complete

Article 1

  • In the keyword search box type Tucson Unified School District and ethnic studiesand click Search.
  • Find the record for the article titled Ethnic Studies, Citizenship Education, And The Public Good. By James A. Banks
  • Click the link Linked Full Text to read the full article.

Article 2

  • In Academic Search Complete, click Clear to begin a new search
  • In the keyword search box type Tucson and Mexican studies and booksby Beverly Goldberg Tucson and click Search.
  • Locate the article Book Trafficker’ Meet Tucson Ban on Mexican-American Studies.
  • Click HTML Full text to read the full article.
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Step 3: Select and evaluate websites

These tutorials will help you identify a set of criteria for assessing a web source’s credibility.

Step 4: Search for more articles

Step 5: Use specialized databases and locate articles when you have a citation

Step 6: Cite your sources

Citation Guide

Last modified: September 30, 2014