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Public Policy Fall 2015: Assignment #2

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Assignment #2

P032409PS-1060. President Obama goes over notes in the Red Room of the White House prior to a live prime time press conference in the East Room, March 24, 2009. Official White House Photo by Pete Souza.

For this assignment, you will be writing a memo addressing federal policy dealing with illegal immigration, the 14th Amendment, and citizenship status.

In this guide, a variety of sources are recommended; some are older books that provide historical information, while others are websites with information about recent policy decisions. Be aware of the currency of the sources you use and of their authors' affiliations and opinions, as illegal immigration is a continually developing, controversial issue. Critically evaluate what you read and determine whether it based in fact or opinion, and remember that anecdotes are not data.

When you use an online search tool (like the Library Catalog or LEO Search) or a print or online reference book, it is important to think of good key words to search for or look up in the index. Identifying the most important terms in the assignment prompt will often give you a good idea of where to start; in this case, try searching for terms like illegal immigration, 14th amendment, and citizenship.

The 14th Amendment

Since your memo will discuss the 14th amendment and citizenship status, it is important that you know what the 14th Amendment actually says and how it has been interpreted.


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LEO Search is in the top ribbon of every library page, and it is also the big search box on the library website. Enter your search terms into the box and click search.

Some of the articles and books in the results are in Nash Library's collection. For articles, you will see links either to the full PDF or HTML or to Linksource, which will connect you to the article on another platform. For print books, you will see a call number showing where you can find the book in Nash Library.

Other books and articles are available through interlibrary Loan (ILL). Use the Interlibrary Loan link to request them. We can get ILL articles within a day or two and ILL books within a couple weeks.

You can use the checkboxes on the left side of the results screen to narrow your results. Click "Full Text Online" to limit your search to only articles and ebooks you can instantly read online.

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