Until you choose a societal issue, you can't proceed. In your class work, what has already been identified as "societal issues"? Some can be solved; others cannot. You'll need to choose one that can actually be solved.
Search for societal issues and pick one issue you would like to resolve.
Pick Federal Government should legalize use of medical marijuana
Now dive in ... your assignment is very clear about what to do next:
1. Obtain faculty approval of your issue.
2. Express the issue you found in your search. <~~This means you need to write your choice up in a complete thought ... complete sentence or two ... most likely in thesis statement form. Refine your expression, and include both the original and the refined version. Justify your revision.
STOP! Don't go any further until you have completed step 2.
3. Investigate the issue by obtaining necessary information. List the questions you must answer to understand the issue. Identify a source of information to answer each question.
4. Conclude your investigation with a thorough explanation of the issue, including answers to each of the questions you identified.
5. Produce ideas toward solution of this issue. List all of your ideas—whether they are ridiculous or serious is not important.
6. Discuss the two ideas that you think are the most imaginative, original, and positive potential solutions to the issue.
Ok. This is what I did so far.
Should Marijuana be legalized for Medicinal Purposes?
I. The issue
a. Medical Marijuana
II. Why it is an issue and not a problem
a. According to Ruggiero (2009), "the matter involved tends to arouse partisan feelings and to divide informed, intelligent people" (p. 128). People have different opinions about this subject. That is why it is an issue, not a problem.
III. Two different positions on the issue
a. Medical marijuana is useful in various types of illnesses. According to NORML (2011), “These include pain relief -- particularly of neuropathic pain (pain from nerve damage) -- nausea, spasticity, glaucoma, and movement disorders. Marijuana is also a powerful appetite stimulant, specifically for patients suffering from HIV, the AIDS wasting syndrome, or dementia” (Medical Use).
b. Using marijuana could do more harm to a sick person. According to ELON (n.d.), “Smoking a marijuana cigarette deposits about three to five times more tar into the lungs than one filtered cigarette. Smoking three to four joints per day causes as much harm to the respiratory system as smoking a full pack of cigarettes a day. Marijuana smoke contains 50 to 70 percent more carcinogenic hydrocarbons than tobacco smoke” (Para. 6).
Before you go any further, take what you have put together and get faculty approval. You should not put any more work into it until you have that approval ... or if it's not approved, you must learn how to refocus so that it can be approved.
ok. I got approved for the topic
What are the second half of the directions in #2?
Follow them ... and you should have two expressions of your purpose ... your current one and then one that's revised.
You will need to start doing research in order to refine this expression.
Here are some good ideas about how to search effectively:
You may have to search and research, but once you learn some good sources and methods, you should have success. In addition to searching on the Internet, you also need to make best friends with the reference librarian(s) in your local or college library. Libraries these days subscribe to enormous research databases, and they are often usually more useful than Internet searches. Ask your librarian if you have access to EBSCOHost -- it has several databases within it, including a huge one for academic research, at least three for health sciences, one for military and government, and others.
For Internet searching:
At this webpage, you can go immediately to the search sites (first three columns across the top) -- or even better you can scroll down until you see the section called HOW TO SEARCH THE INTERNET. Those are the links to start with. You'll not only learn how to come up with good search terms, but also how to evaluate the webpages you get as results. Some will be good and others will be garbage. You need to know how to tell the difference.
My favorite way to search is to use Google's advanced search page http://www.google.com/advanced_search?hl=en and put my search words or phrases into the first or second search box (either "all the words" or "exact phrase"). Another is to start out at http://scholar.google.com. However, there many other strategies for searching you can use, and the HOW TO SEARCH THE INTERNET section will help you best.
Learning to use Google or other search engines can save you time and help you learn to find information efficiently. Here are some websites that can teach you how: