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Formal Debate Resolution

Resolved: The United States federal government will subsidize college tuition at public institutions that offer two and four year degrees.

Spend some time getting familiar with the concept of higher education funding. Jot down notes about the following:

  • What do you already know about it?
  • Where are the gaps in your knowledge?
  • Where will you find additional information regarding how higher education has been funded in the past, how it is currently being funded, and predictions and proposals for the future? (Tip: This guide has many ideas for where you might look!)

Spend some time brainstorming and concept mapping: (Tip: Review the Libguide on Brainstorming and Ideation (Design Thinking)

  • Main topic: College tuition
    • Sub-topics: federal government, subsidies, funding, public institutions of higher education, two year degrees, four year degrees
    • Additional subtopics: think of specific issues that would be considered examples of these sub-topics. 

Brainstorm appropriate words and phrases, and consider truncating your terms:

  • higher education: colleges, universities
  • subsidies: (truncate: subsidi*), grants, financial aid, funding (truncate: fund*), financing (truncate: financ*)
  • degrees: associate degrees, technical degrees, bachelor's degrees

Develop an effective online search strategy that may be performed in a variety of research databases:

  • federal AND (subsidi* OR fund* OR financ*) AND (higher education OR college OR univerist*) AND (associate degree* OR technical degree*)

Databases to Try

Looking for articles from newspapers, magazines, and journals?

Looking for books, e-books, government documents, and videos?

Subject headings to try:

  • Education, Higher (**Note that the established subject heading is unfortunately NOT "higher education"!)
  • Education, Higher -- Finance
  • Education, Higher -- Economic Aspects
  • College Costs -- United States
  • Finance -- Government policy -- United States
  • Government Aid to Higher Education
  • Public Universities and Colleges -- United States
  • Community Colleges


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