ILR – cut out from Workshop 2

Additional Research Problem a.

Since April 2014 Flint, Michigan residents have been drinking only highly polluted water. Are there grounds for a public nuisance suit? What about a criminal suit? Can you access both supporting data and theory?

Additional Research Problem b.

Defendant, 26, had been a long-time user of psychotic drugs when he stabbed two neighbors to death. His defense attorney did not argue that his immediate remorse was evidence that the stabbing was the result of a drug-induced stupor. If you were his defense attorney,

a)    What strategy would you use to find mitigating data (locate literature or locate datasets in specific databases)?
b)    Would your approach matter from a researcher’s perspective?

    • Fee-based: Web of Knowledge, ProquestHealth & Medical Complete; Medline
    • Free of charge: Academic Commons, Google, Google Scholar

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Additional Research Problem c. Is there a way of proving that young, black and Latino men who comprise 4.6 percent of the New York City’s population, accounted for an astounding 41.6 percent of the 685,724 Stop, Question and Frisk stops in 2011?

a)    What strategy would you use to find your data (locate literature or locate datasets in specific databases)?
b)    Would your approach matter from a researcher’s perspective?