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Sex Education

Sex Education

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:

"Teen Pregnancy

  • 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 Click Search & Find > Articles & Databases > Academic Search Complete

Article 1

  • 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.

Article 2

  • 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

Complete the Article Analysis form

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