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Is governmental legislation an effective way to fight obesity?

This topic will explore the different arguments for and against the idea of  the U.S. government creating legislation to control obesity. 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:

Obesity." International Encyclopedia of the Social Sciences. Ed. William A. Darity, Jr. 2nd ed. Vol. 6. Detroit: Macmillan Reference USA, 2008. 4-5. Gale Virtual Reference Library. Web. 10 Oct. 2012.

  • 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 “obesity” and then click Search
  • On the search results page, click on the title “Obesity” from the International Encyclopedia of Social Sciences.
  • Read the article

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

"Preventing Obesity”

  • UA Library Homepage
  • 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 "prevention obesity" and then click Search.
  • Click on the title: "Preventing Obesity" (Oct. 1, 2010)
  • 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 Complet

Article 1

  • In the keyword search box type: “use of nutritional labels by college students”
  • Click Search.
  • Find the record for the article titled “The Use of Nutritional Labels by College Students in a Food-Court Setting” by Kolodinsky, et al.
  • Click 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 type: “from label to table”
  • Click Search.
  • Find the record for the article titled "From Label to Table” by Roth.
  • Click the link PDF 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: September 30, 2014