Immigration Reform and Border Issues in Arizona

Immigration Reform and Border Issues in Arizona


Research Question: Has Arizona’s immigration law, SB 1070, helped or hurt the State’s economy?

This topic will explore the different arguments for and against the economic effectiveness of Arizona’s SB 1070 immigration law.  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:

Kamalu, Ngozi Caleb. "Immigration Reform (US)." Encyclopedia of Race and Racism. Ed. Patrick L. Mason. 2nd ed. Vol. 2. Detroit: Macmillan Reference USA, 2013. 371-376. Gale Virtual Reference Library

  • 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 “immigration reform” and then click Search
  • On the search results page, select the title “Immigration Reform (US)” from the Encyclopedia of Race and Racism
  • Read the article.

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

Jost, Kenneth. "Immigration Conflict." CQ Researcher 9 Mar. 2012: 229-52.

  • UA Library Homepage> Search & Find > Articles & Databases> Under Find Databases by TITLE, select C
  • Scroll down the page and click the link CQ Researcher Plus Archive
  • In the search box, type "immigration issues" and then click Search.
  • Click on the title: "Immigration Conflict" (03/2012)
  • 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 www.library.arizona.edu Click Search & Find > Articles & Databases > Academic Search Complete

Article 1

  • In the keyword search box, copy & paste this article title “Economic costs, economic benefits, and attitudes toward immigrants and immigration” and click Search.
  • Select the link PDF 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, copy & paste this article title: "On illegal immigration more cities are rolling out a welcome mat” and click Search.
  • Select the link HTML Full Text to read the full article.

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: January 8, 2014