Will Russia compete in the 2016 Summer Olympics? For years, the largest country in the world has run the largest ever state-sponsored doping program to push its Olympic athletes to win. Investigations have begun to reveal the extent and now the International Olympic Committee may ban all Russian athletes from the games.
Should the IOC ban all Russian athletes? What’s so bad about doping? Athletes enhance their performance with training, equipment, coaches, and nutrition. Why not allow athletes to enhance their performance with drugs? How do officials detect doping and enforce bans? Is there an acceptable level of doping? How long has Russia been researching performance enhancing drugs and doping their athletes? And how can I trace the timeline of the scandal for my summer school research paper?
Students can find news information beyond a Google search in two places: Opposing Viewpoints and Student Resources in Context. Opposing Viewpoints offers arguments on both sides of many issues such as performance enhancing drugs. Student Resources in Context offers access to a wide array of sources – articles, podcasts, news broadcasts, videos, reference books, websites, and even academic journals. As you search, remember good research strategies like trying a variety of key words in your search, narrowing by date or type of resource, and looking for relevant subject headings.