High School Policy Debate Topic (2011-2012): United States Space Policy: Government Information

Guide to resources related to the 2011-2012 NFHS Policy Debate Topic : US Space Policy. The guide is also designed to assist debaters at the Jayhawk Debate Institute.


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Subject Guides from the NASA Headquarters Library

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2011-2012 NFHS Policy Debate Topic

Official Federal Government information is relevant to United States policy debate topics.  This guide will you find government information resources.

STS-27, Orbiter Atlantis, Liftoff Underwater EVA training for the STS 41-G crewmembers Sullivan and LeestmaPIA01851: Space Radar Image of Barstow, California

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Resolved: The United States federal government should substantially increase its exploration and/or development of space beyond the Earth's mesosphere.

Starting Points

To get you started try is suggestion for finding relevant government information. This guide includes the following sections:

Search Federal Government Websites (box to the left) -- If you not sure which agency will have relevant information start with an Internet search engined that focus specifically on government domains.  These portals also include directories by broad subjects and agencies. 

Subject Guides from the NASA Headquarters Library (box on the left) -- These guides are a great place to start when you are first exploring a specific focus on the debates topic.  The NASA Headquarters Library guides provide a short list of relevant books, articles, and websites by topic. 

Full-text Digital Libraries (below) -- There are several relevant "digital libraries" that provide full-text access to various government reports, documents and publications. 

Government Accountability Office (GAO) (below) -- GAO investigates how the federal government spends taxpayer dollars.

Legislative Process (new page) -- The publications associated with the legislative history can be rich with relevant content. The trick is understanding how to the find the information and understand the context of the information. 

Congressional Research Service (CRS) Reports -- American taxpayers spend over $112 million a year to fund the Congressional Research Service, a "think tank" that provides reports to members of Congress on a variety of topics relevant to current political events.

Full-Text Digital Libraries

There are several relevant "digital libraries" that provide full-text access to various government reports, documents and publications. These are just a few:

Open Source Access to CRS Reports

Government Accountability Office (GAO)

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