Wednesday, March 10, 2010

new topic, and case source

changing my topic really allowed me to read about topics relevent to my experience at Rutgers. My case source "Poisoned Ivy" by Toni A.H. McNaron gives an excellent insight into the problems and stories of GBLT professors from a wide range of college campuses. While the stories are -for the most part- very depressing, it proves that it is not only students that face these types of discrimination. Many professors feared for their job while trying to do research on GLBT topics, or even considering coming out themselves.
Students on the other hand worry about discrimination from their peers, and also what teachers may think of them. While teachers get the chance to go home to a comfortable environment, most college students go back to a dorm or student apartments, where the college environment (and community) flourishes.
Many times to escape these problems both professors and students have turned to substances to temprarily 'forget' their problems. however many of these harmful substances have left bad connotations with the gay community as a whole.
Many times McNaron speaks of groups of friends she spent time with, some were posative, while others had negative affects; similar to a student's idea of a GLBT club or alliance.
she also brings different ideas to help closeted individuals deal with their stress.

Wednesday, February 24, 2010

sources revised

i've just reformatted the internet sources from the rutgers libraries:

Kaskuntas, Lee Ann. "Evidence-Based Alcohol and Drug Intervention Effective, Easy to Implement" The Brown University Digest of Addiction Theory & Application Vol.28. Issue 12 Dec2009: p1-7. Print.

Reed, Eliabeth and Guillermo Prado, Atsuchi Matsumoto, Hortensia Amaro. "Alcohol and Drug Use Related Consequenses among gay, lesbian and bisexual college students" Addictive Behaviors Vol.35 Issue 2, Feb2010. p168-171. Print.

Wednesday, February 17, 2010

research question

What are the problems that drug and alcohol abuse cause in college life? What steps are being taken in order to prevent these problems?

Tuesday, February 16, 2010


keeping along my topic of observing drug use and prevention in college lifestyle, i've also devided to narrow the timme span of my research to fairly recent articles and subjects. i found a few interesting books on Iris:

Bachman, Jerald G. The Education- Drug Use Connection: How Sucesses and Failures Relate to Adolescent Smoking, Drinking, Drug Use, and Delinquincy. New York: L. Earlbaum Associates, 2008. Print.

The Challenge in higher education: confronting and reducing substance abuse on campus. Washington, D.C. 2004: Office of National Drug Control Policy

I Also found 376 articles on Academic Search Premier

i'm still trying to filter some out, but a few that grabbed my attention were:

Monday, February 15, 2010

rutgers RIOT

taking the RIOT tutorial i found was a little long for what it provioded. however i did learn a few things about using sources and timeliness of different books and articles. i've completed all five of the sections and i found that i have already learned how to use Academic Search Premier, but it helped me learn more about refworks and how to 'folder' articles that interested me. Using what i've learned i've found a few books or articles that would be perfect for my topic of drugs and alcohol in college life.

Library Qs

i've already attended the library session, and it wasnt my first one
i'm pretty firmilair with some search engines on the rutgers libraries homepage, however i was wondering if there is an easier way to look at books that have been checked out already, the racall button helps, but i'd rather not force someone to return a book they are using only to have it recalled back... is there any way to view parts of books online from rutgers?


i've been trying to focus my topic of the affect of dugs and alcohol, on certain groups of student. being a homosexual in a college atmosphere can provide extra stress on one's life however college also offers more of a 'safe space' than almost any public high school. while searching google for 'college and drugs' i came across a number of stories, articles, and statistice about alcohol and drug related deaths around the country.
i also found an awesome webiste that used information from The Princeton review, and that had some unique statistics: at
however when i searched 'college and gay' i found mostly websites with tips to handling college, and different depressing articles about gay teens who have committed suicide during their time at school. with most of these articles it is unclear if drugs or alcohol were present during the suicide. i am now trying to find books that will tie these topics together.