​Research Substance Abuse

Crack Addict in alleyway in Vancouver, Canada

"I won't get addicted."
"I'm just experimenting."
"Drugs help me cope with the pressure of [fill in the blank]."

According to the website, Teen Drug Abuse, 20 percent of 8th-graders report they have tried marijuana and 28 percent of teens know a classmate or friend who has used ecstacy. Teen Drug Abuse also reports that alcohol kills 6 1/2 times more than do illicit drugs. According to the National Institute for Justices Arrestee & Drug Monitoring System's drug testing program, 66 percent of underage male arrestees tested positive for marijuana use.
Through your research for this project and by learning about your classmates' projects, you will learn more about the harmful effects of drug use.

Substance Abuse Research


You and your class members will be researching the harmful effects of drug abuse in preparation for writing a persuasive paper that will inform and persuade your peers about the harmful effects of drug use.

Print materials:
The library has non-fiction and reference books on drugs and substance abuse. These books are located in the Dewey range in the non-fiction section of the library. Use the card catalog to locate the specific call number of the book.

On-line Databases:
EBSCOhost, and Grolier databases can provide you with valuable information on your topic. Conduct a search using key words. (See your librarian for passwords.)
Alcohol http://www.drugfree.org/Portal/Drug_Guide/Alcohol
Alcoholism http://www.niaaa.nih.gov/FAQs/General-English/default.htm
Al-Anon & Alateen http://www.al-anon.org/
Cocaine http://www.nida.nih.gov/ResearchReports/Cocaine/Cocaine.html
Cocaine http://www.drugfree.org/Portal/drug_guide/Cocaine
Cocaine http://www.nida.nih.gov/Infofacts/cocaine.html
Cocaine http://www.usdoj.gov/dea/concern/cocaine.html
Ecstasy(MDMA) http://www.drugabuse.gov/ResearchReports/MDMA
Ecstasy (MDMA) http://teens.drugabuse.gov/facts/facts_xtc1.php
Ecstasy (MDMA) http://www.drugfree.org/Portal/Drug_Guide/Ecstasy
Ecstasy (MDMA) http://www.usdoj.gov/dea/concern/mdma.html
Marijuana http://teens.drugabuse.gov/facts/facts_mj1.php
Marijuana http://www.drugabuse.gov/ResearchReports/marijuana/
Marijuana http://www.drugfree.org/Portal/Drug_Guide/Marijuana
Marijuana http://www.usdoj.gov/dea/concern/marijuana.html
Tobacco (Nicotine) http://teens.drugabuse.gov/facts/facts_nicotine1.php
Tobacco http://www.drugfree.org/Portal/Drug_Guide/Tobacco
Tobacco (Nicotine) http://www.americanheart.org/presenter.jhtml?identifier=4753
Tobacco (Nicotine) http://www.nida.nih.gov/NIDA_notes/NNVol13N3/tearoff.html

Pictures from:
Vancouver Crack Addict is from Wikimedia Commons http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Steph,_Picking_Open_Sores_and_Smoking_Crack_in_Alley.jpg
Marijuana is from http://www.justice.gov/dea/photos/marijuana/marijuana-002.jpg

California English-Language Arts Standards

Research and Technology
1.4 Identify topics; ask and evaluate questions; and develop ideas leading to inquiry, investi-gation, and research.
1.5 Give credit for both quoted and paraphrased information in a bibliography by using a consistent and sanctioned format and methodology for citations.
Writing 2.3
Write research reports:
a. Pose relevant and tightly drrawn questions about the topic.
b. Convey clear and accurate perspectives on the subject.
c. Include evidence compile through the formal research process (e.g., use of a card catalog, Reader's Guide to Periodical Literature, a computer catalog, magazines, dictionaries.)
d. Document reference sources boy means of footnootes and bibliography.
Listening and Speaking 2.0
Students deliver well-organized formal presentations employing traditional rhetorical strategies (e.g., narration, exposition, persuasion, description.) Student speaking demonstrates a command of standard American English and the organizational and delivery strategies outlined in Listening and Speaking Standard 1.0.

Information Literacy Standards

1.2 Knows Parts of a Book and Digital Resources
1.2.2 Identifies parts of a book: table of contents, publisher, page numbers, copyright date, and call number
1.2.5 Identifies online terms and their uses (e.g., home page, Web page, url, responsibility statement, search engine)
1.7 Uses Digital Resources to Access Information
1.7.3 Uses databases (e.g., cd-roms, online free and fee-based services) for school use
1.9 Uses a Developmentally Appropriate Research Process to Access Information
1.9.1 Identifies a problem or question that needs information
1.9.2 Uses presearch strategies such as brainstorming, mapping, and recalling of prior knowledge
1.9.3 Identifies and uses keywords to find specific information
1.9.4 Uses keywords and controlled vocabulary to develop search statements for use with databases, search engines, digital books, and other digital sources and formats
1.9.5 Formulates questions that define the scope of the investigation
1.9.6 Selects a topic, focuses the investigation, and gathers information in order to construct a meaningful final product
1.9.7 Uses Dewey call numbers to locate books in areas of interest or to explore topics in depth
1.9.8 Selects and reads familiar and unfamiliar material independently
1.9.9 Uses a variety of print and digital reference material (e.g., dictionary, almanac, thesaurus,atlas, encyclopedia, and periodicals) to locateinformation
1.9.10 Uses title, table of contents, chapter headings, and navigation elements to locate information in books and digital resources
1.9.11 Uses subheadings to locate information in nonfiction resources
1.9.12 Obtains information from illustrations, photographs, charts, graphs, maps, and tables
1.9.13 Uses scanning and skimming skills to locate relevant information
1.9.14 Continues to show growth in selection of sources and formats for educational andpersonal use
1.9.15 Uses cross references (see, see also) to locate relevant information
1.9.16 Identifies bibliographic references
1.9.17 Uses bibliographies in books and digital resources to access information beyond the immediatesource and school library media collection
1.9.18 Uses a variety of print and digital information resources to facilitate research
1.9.19 Uses advanced and specialized reference books and digital resources
1.9.20 Identifies and uses computer icons and program menus to search for information (e.g., locates an index, navigates a subject tree, accesses a help screen)
1.9.21 Refines search strategies for research projects
1.9.22 Selects and uses a variety of appropriate media to access information for assignments
1.9.23 Records author, title, and other citation elements systematically while accessing information sources
2.3 Selects Relevant Information during the Research Process
2.3.1 Understands that notetaking is a tool forinformation processing (e.g., remembering, comparing, analyzing, and sequencing)
2.3.2 Selects and records relevant information, organizing notes in a format appropriate to the task
2.3.3 Restates facts and details to clarify and organize ideas for notetaking standard