Are abstinence-only sex education programs effective at preventing teen pregnancy?
This topic will explore the different arguments regarding the efficacy of sex education programs. 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:
Moran, Jeffrey P. “Sex Education.” Encyclopedia of Children and Childhood: In History and Society. Ed. Paula S. Fass. Vol. 3. New York: Macmillan Reference USA, 2004. 739-743. 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 “sex education” and then click Search
- On the search results page, click on the title “Sex Education” from the Encyclopedia of Children and Childhood.
- Read the article
Access the following CQ Researcher article by following the path provided:
- 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 "teen pregnancy" and then click Search.
- Click on the title: "Teen Pregnancy” (Mar. 2010)
- Read the article.
Step 2: Access Articles from Academic Search Complete
To access Academic Search Complete, go to the UA Library homepage at www.library.arizona.edu Click Search & Find > Articles & Databases > Academic Search Complete
- In the keyword search box type in “abstinence-only education and teen pregnancy rates” and click Search.
- Find the article titled "Abstinence-Only Education And Teen Pregnancy Rates: Why We Need Comprehensive Sex Education In The U.S.” by Stranger-Hall and Hall.
- Click on the title of the article.
- Click the link PDF Full Text to read the full article.
- In Academic Search Complete, click Clear to begin a new search.
- In the keyword search box type in “abolishing abstinence” and click Search.
- Find the article titled "Abolishing Abstinence” by Olsen.
- Click the title of the article.
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
- Complete Searching JSTOR (tutorial) then go to JSTOR to locate scholarly journal articles related to your topic.
- Complete Searching LexisNexis Academic (tutorial) then go to LexisNexis to locate local, national, and international newspaper articles on your topic.
Step 5: Use specialized databases and locate articles when you have a citation
- Select a subject specific database to locate additional resources
- Use Finding an Article When You Have a Citation (tutorial) to help you locate the articles cited within other articles you find
Step 6: Cite your sources
Last modified: January 8, 2014