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Jay Angus
English 101 Section 9
9 November 2009
Affirmative Action: An Annotated Bibliography
Laird, Bob. The Case for Affirmative Action in University Admissions. Berkeley, CA: Bay Tree Publishing, 2005. Print.
Laird served as the director of admission at the University of California at Berkeley from 1994 to 1999. Using his experiences he shapes an argument for affirmative action in admissions. He examines the problems with a color-blind society and a purposefully diversified society from an inside perspective.
Laird’s experience gives him strong credibility in this subjective view on affirmative action. This source will be useful because it provides a well-structured and reasonable view on the subject from a man that worked closely with it in the state that lives in the forefront of the affirmative action issue.
Ong, Paul M, Ed. Impacts of Affirmative Action: Policies and Consequences in California. Walnut Creek, CA: AltaMira Press, 1999. Print.
The authors use solid information to explore affirmative action-related programs and their effects in California, the forefront of affirmative action legislation. This information is then used to evaluate current and future effects of legislation that demolishes affirmative action.
The authors try to present grounded, undistorted cases from the state of California to give the reader a balanced perspective on this important issue, so this is a very useful source.
Rubio, Philip F. A history of affirmative action, 1619-2000. Jackson : University Press of
Mississippi, 2001. Print.
Utilizing history, Rubio argues that affirmative action is put down mainly by white America, the beneficiaries of racial discrimination. He argues that white America favors a so-called “color-blind society” because it gives them the upper hand.
This source may not be totally useful for my research because it is a biased argument. The history in it will be somewhat useful. It’s definitely an interesting and logical argument.
Sowell, Thomas. Affirmative Action Around the World : an Empirical Study. New Haven:
Yale University Press, 2004. Print.
In this book, Sowell provides a look into histories of affirmative action in the nations of India, Malaysia, Sri Lanka, Nigeria, and the US.
Unlike other sources, Sowell takes a look at affirmative action in an international perspective. It will be useful to see how they parallel and contrast. Also helpful is the fact that he takes an objective look at affirmative action.
Schuck, Peter H. Diversity in America : Keeping Government at a Safe Distance. Cambridge,
Mass. : Belknap Press of Harvard University Press, 2003. Print.
In this book, Schuck examines the concept, perception, and the effect of diversity in America and recommends ways to make it better. He argues that diversity management is best taken out of the hands of government and left to communities and other groups by using evidence of legal matters, sociology, and history.
This book will be useful because of its different approach to the subject. The argument seems logical and fair.
Stohr, Greg. A Black and White Case : How Affirmative Action Survived its Greatest
Legal Challenge. Princeton : Bloomberg Press, 2004. Print.
Stohr’s narrative details the events that lead all the way up to the ruling on Grutter v. Bollinger and Grutz v. Bollinger, two significant events in the course of affirmative action in which the Supreme Court ruled in favor of affirmative action in university admissions, and famously said “race unfortunately still matters.”
This source is totally objective, based wholly on facts and history. It describes in great detail the high-profile, highly political legal process that affirmative action survived. It is an effective source.

New topic proposal.

Affirmative Action

The debate is over the fairness of it, but I'm interested in learning about the reasons and arguments FOR it. I am certainly against it, but I think there could be sound arguments for both sides. I'll research the history of it, and effects of it where it has taken place. I like this topic much more than global warming.

Why affirmative action?
Why not affirmative action?
How and why did it originate?
What positive/negative effects has it had?

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A5 Topic Proposal

I propose to research "global warming." This needs no explanation. There are several arguments over it. Is it real? Is it significant? Can we do anything about it? What's the worst that could happen? This interests me because I just don't know. I've heard all the sides, I haven't decided for myself. If it's truly a looming problem, I am for all efforts to prevent it. This topic will provide me with many, many, many possible sources. I am slightly concerned that it will be too much information, I am also concerned about illegitimate sources, because everyone is biased on the subject, and few approach it with an open mind. I have many questions; I don't yet know where I'll attack it.

Is it real?
Is it significant?
Can we do anything about it?
What's the worst that could happen?
What are the causes?
What are the solutions?
How long will it take?

Jay -- I'm not so sure that this a great topic choice. It will be extremely hard to argue that global warming is a myth -- pretty much impossible, actually. Also, this is way too broad of a topic. Perhaps you could look at global warming from a particular angle, like what are people arguing are the biggest contributors to global warming? Why do they disagree? I'd start with some very general research using the reference sources you will learn about in the library tonight. See where those take you; they might lead you to an unexpected and more interesting angle on this topic. You definitely need to narrow it down and think about how logical your topic is. Most of the sources you consult should be scholarly and "illegitimate" sources would be considered poor-quality research; you will learn how to do good research in class today. -- Leah