Eng 101 English Comp I

Professor Mark Kjellman


Taking a Position: Drugs, Prostitutes, and Freedom

Martha Nussbaum: "Whether for Reason or Prejudice"
Michael Huemer: "America's Unjust Drug War"

This guide is designed to help you research the topics of drugs, prostitutes, and freedom. It includes books, databases, and websites that may be useful. If you have any trouble finding these sources, please ask a librarian for help.
  • RCC Library Home Page: Most materials found in this research guide are available at the library's home page.
  • Autumn Haag Please contact me if you have any questions concerning this guide or research.

Good search terms to use

  • Drugs
  • Drug war
  • Narcotics
  • War on Drugs
  • Drug Policies
  • Drug Trade
  • Illegal Drug Trade
  • Drug Enforcement Administration
  • Prostitution
  • Sex Industry
  • Sex Trafficking
  • Sex Workers


The online catalog provides access to the Library's collection of approximately 40,000 books, periodicals and audio-visual titles. These resources may be used to find information for assignments or general interest. Tutorial for searching catalog and ordering books from Metro Boston Library Network (includes Boston Public Library)

Circulating Books

The RCC Library has many books about, and related to, the topics of drugs, prostitutes, and freedom. Below is a list of some of the books the libraries has on these topics.

Blind goddess: a reader on race and justice. Edited by Alexander Papachristou. 2011.

Drug legalization. Noel Merino, book editor. 2011.

Drugs and society: U.S. public policy. Edited by Jefferson M. Fish. 2006.

Hostage nation: Columbia's guerilla army and the failed war on drugs. Victoria Bruce and Karin Hayes with Jorge Enrique Botero. 2010.

The politics of cocaine: how U.S. policy has created a thriving drug industry in Central and South America. William L. Marcy, forward by Jorrit Kamminga. 2010.

Prostitution and sex work. Melissa Hope Ditmore. 2011.

Racial profiling. David L. Hudson Jr. 2011.

Race relations. Karen Miller, book editor. 2011.

The sexualization of childhood. Edited by Sharna Olfman. 2009.

Understanding gender, crime, and justice. Merry Morash. 2006.


The RCC Library offers access to three e-book collections. These books will also appear in a search of the regular library catalog with the term "[electronic resource]" in their title. Below is a list of some of the electronic books the library has on the topics of drugs, prostitution, and freedom.

Children of the drug war [electronic resource]: perspectives on the impact of drug policies on young people. Damon Barrett, editor. 2011.

Demanding sex [electronic resource]: critical reflections on the regulation of prostitution. Edited by Vanessa Munro, Marina Della Giusta. 2008.

Drug war heresies [electronic resource]: learning from other vices, times, and places / Robert J. MacCoun, Peter Reuter. 2001.

Drug war zone [electronic resource]: frontline dispatches from the streets of El Paso and Juárez. Howard Campbell. 2009.

Lies, damned lies, and drug war statistics [electronic resource]: a critical analysis of claims made by the office of National Drug Control Policy. Matthew B. Robinson, Renee G. Scherlen. 2007.

Making sex work [electronic resource]: a failed experiment with legalised prostitution. Mary Lucille Sullivan. 2007.

Prostitution policy [electronic resource]: revolutionizing practice through a gendered perspective. Lenore Kuo. 2002.

Whose body is it anyway? [electronic resource]: justice and the integrity of the person. Cécile Fabre. 2006.


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Criminal Justice Collection

Provides access to more than three million articles on a wide range of criminal justice-related topics, including drugs and prostitution.

Web sites

There are many good web sites on the internet. These web sites have been evaluated by library staff. Remember to always evaluate internet resources. To find out more about evaluating web sites, Lesley University has a very good guide.

Citing Sources: Style Guides

Duke Library Guide to Assembling a List of Works Cited

Laguardia Community College Library MLA and APA citation style

The Owl at Purdue: MLA 2009 Formatting and Style Guide

Basic Research Help

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General Library Information

Research guide prepared on 11.21.12 by Autumn Haag: ahaag@rcc.mass.edu