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Possible Research Topics

  • Racism
  • Organ Donation
  • Child/human trafficking
  • Adoption
  • Death/DNR/Assisted Suicide
  • Terrorism
  • Teen Pregnancy
  • Abortion
  • Bullying
  • Religion/Fanatics
  • Wards/State homes
  • War
  • Military training and teens
  • Sexuality
  • Fashion trends (injections/tattoos/fads)
  • Runaways
  • Technology (phone tracking/monitoring)
  • "The Graveyard" (abandoned goods/surplus)
  • Psychological/mental health
  • Sexual harassment
  • Treatment of women

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Search the San Francisco Public Library

To access the many great databases at the San Francisco Public Library, you'll need your library card's barcode number (14 digits) and your PIN.  Go to the eLibrary tab, and choose Articles and Databases from the drop down. Some of the recommended databases for students are:

Opposing Viewpoints - PRO/CON articles on a variety of controversial current issues

Student Resources in Context - Resources for all subject areas


Interview with Neal Shusterman


Database Sources

SIRS Issues Researcher (user name = lowellhs, password = issues) has articles from thousand of newspapers, magazines and journals.  Try the Leading Issues--topics are organized around Essential Questions for which Pro and Con articles are selected for you.


Britannica High School (user name = lowellhs, password = cardinals) is general reference encyclopedia.  


Britannica Image Quest allows students access to approximately three million rights-cleared images from over 50 of the best collections in the world.






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