Debate — Law and Criminology 12


Your written submission demonstrates the research you’ve done on given subject and allows you to use the information in a debate forum. The key purpose of the assignment is to acquire an understanding of your topic and organize the information into a concise presentation.  This will avoid long monologues that don’t reinforce your position.

You’re writing and presenting a reasoned argument for your opinion. One that explores both sides of the question and is supported by facts. Within your printed document and presentation you should quote sources and comment on their relevance to your topic.

Recommended format:

  1. define the topic you are presenting
  2. provide a background or history of the topic presented
  3. examine the pros and cons of the arguments covering the topic
  4. summarize the information in a conclusion in the form of an opinion

The research format requires that you adopt the MLA citation format. The use of quotes when citing information is critical. It is not possible to create this assignment by cutting and pasting alone.  Personal comments, your opinion,  about the information you gathered is an important component of this assignment.



Google Scholar
provides a simple way to broadly search for scholarly literature. From one place, you can search across many disciplines and sources: articles, theses, books, abstracts and court opinions, from academic publishers, professional societies, online repositories, universities and other web sites.

Gale Global Issues In Context
Aggregates content on many issues from sources like magazines, newspaper, academic journals, and more. The sources are trusted providers of news and suitable for research.

Canada In Context
Canada in Context is an authoritative and continuously updated reference content, written from a Canadian perspective, with full-text magazines, academic journals, news articles, primary source documents, images, videos, audio files and links to vetted websites organized into a user-friendly portal experience.

Canadian Legal Information Institute
This database provides you access to various Canadian criminal cases.

This is a database of journal, magazine and newspaper articles, books, images and more

Citing work

Example of MLA citation for a Canadian court document

[plaintiff] v. [defendant],  [Reports Citation]. [name of court]. [year of ruling]. [name         of website in italics], [URL]. Accessed [date accessed].

L.R. v. British Columbia, 1999 BCCA 689. CanLII,, Accessed on