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ENGL 100/105 (Lawrence)

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Before You Start

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Take a few moments to actually sit down and spend time thinking and writing about your topic.

Ask yourself questions like:

  • What do I already know about this topic?
  • What don't I know?
  • What do I assume?
  • What questions do I want to answer?
  • What do I want to say?

Once you've done that, go back and review what you've written and look for keywords, ideas, and themes to help start your searching.

Some terms to help you star your searches...

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  • drugs
  • decriminalization
  • violence
  • crime
  • drug markets
  • police
  • community policing
  • black market
  • drug markets