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Government Surveillance

A brief research guide for students researching electronic surveillance in the United States

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Key Search Words

Search for Books & Articles:

Use these words to search for useful information in books including eBooks and articles at the MJC Library.

  • electronic surveillance
  • government surveillance
  • domestic surveillance
  • right of privacy

Use WorldCat (World Catalog) to search for books, articles, media, and more that we have at MJC and to find out where they're located. WorldCat will also show you materials you can get from other libraries.

To access eBooks if you're off campus, you'll need to log in using your MJC student ID (without the W) and your six-digit birth date.

Start Learning About Your Topic

Background Reading:

It's important to begin your research learning something about your subject; in fact, you won't be able to create a focused, manageable thesis unless you already know something about your topic.

This step is important so that you will:

  • Begin building your core knowledge about your topic
  • Be able to put your topic in context
  • Create research questions that drive your search for information
  • Create a list of search terms that will help you find relevant information
  • Know if the information you’re finding is relevant and useful

If you're working from off campus, you'll need to sign in. Once you click on the name of a database, simply enter your student ID (without the W) and your six-digit birth date.

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Create Research Questions to Focus Your Topic

Electronic surveillance is a complex topic that is best dealt with by narrowing your focus. Do some background reading, and use the questions below to help you focus your topic.

  • Does government surveillance violate civil rights?
  • Is government surveillance making the country safer?
  • Is America becoming an intrusive surveillance state?
  • What constitutional protections apply to government surveillance?
  • How are our Fourth Amendment rights challenged by new technologies?
  • In this social media climate what does right of privacy mean?

Find Books @ the MJC Library

Why You Use Books:

Use books to read broad overviews and detailed discussions of your topic. 

Where Do I Find Books?

Use WorldCat to discover books, eBooks, videos, and more for your research. Use the search bar below to begin your search:

 


For complete instructions on using WorldCat check out our WorldCat research guide.

To access eBooks if you're off campus you'll need to log in using your MJC student ID (without the W) and your six-digit birth date.

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Find Articles in Library Databases

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If you're working from off campus, you'll need to sign in. Once you click on the name of a database, simply enter your student ID (without the W) and your six-digit birth date.

Videos on Surveillance

Find videos and documentaries about surveillance in Films on Demand and Kanopy.  These film resources are free for MJC students, faculty, & staff. If you're working from off campus, you'll need to sign in, using your student ID (without the W) and your six-digit birth date.

Type surveillance in the search box to access videos on this topic.

Find Web Resources

Search Google Scholar to find academic information on the Web:

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Cite Your Sources

Your instructor should tell you which citation style he or she wants you to use. Click on the appropriate link below to learn how to format your paper and cite your sources according to a particular style.