English Composition

Best Bets

Library and Information Resources Network

http://www.lirn.net

Proquest

ProQuest

Psychology Journals

InfoTrac

Gale Infotrac

Business, computer science, criminal justice, general academic, health and wellness, law, literature, newsletters, newspapers, opposing viewpoints, and reference with student resource center, Gale Virtual Reference Library and the InfoTrac OneFile.

elibrary

eLibrary

Selected periodicals, reference books, maps, pictures, and newspapers from around the world, along with transcripts of news and public affairs broadcasts.


 

APA Style Guides

Other Library Guides (APA)


 

Selected Websites

Argumentative Essay

To find a topic for an Argumentative Essay:

  • Gallup’s A-Z trends
    Explore Gallup poll topics in one convenient place. Questions are grouped by topic/trend.
  • ProCon.org: Pros and Cons of Controversial Issues
    “ProCon.org is an independent, nonpartisan, 501(c)(3) nonprofit public charity. We promote critical thinking, education, and informed citizenship by presenting research on controversial issues in a straightforward, nonpartisan, and primarily pro-con format. Our websites are free, unbiased, and updated periodically.”
  • PublicAgenda.org:
    “Public Agenda is a nonprofit, nonpartisan organization working to strengthen our democracy’s capacity to tackle tough issues. We want to ensure the public’s views are represented in decision-making and that citizens have the tools and information they need to grapple with the critical challenges of the day. We conduct public opinion research, we run public engagement programs around the country, and we run this Web site to give both citizens and leaders the information they need to know.”<b< div=””>
  • NCSL.org: National Conference of State Legislatures
    “The National Conference of State Legislatures is a bipartisan organization that serves the legislators and staffs of the nation’s 50 states, its commonwealths and territories. NCSL provides research, technical assistance and opportunities for policymakers to exchange ideas on the most pressing state issues.”
  • New York Times Room for Debate
    In Room for Debate, The New York Times invites knowledgeable outside contributors to discuss news events and other timely issues.

Structure the Information

Ask a question about the broad topic and narrower topic. 

For example, if the broad topic is “marijuana” and the narrower topic is “legalization,” then ask the question:   Should marijuana be legalized?

Follow a structure that will help to organize the argument. Separate facts from opinion.

Build an Argument

1) Get the facts

2) Find statistics about the topic

3) Look at opinions on both sides of the issue

4) Make up your own mind about what you believe.

5) Find examples:

a) to support your opinion

b) to counter the opposing viewpoint


 

Persuasive Essays

These links provide helpful suggestions for essay writing.

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