WR121 Hickman: Taking a Stand
Researching a Social Issue: First Steps
For this assignment, you need to find research to support your position on a social issue, as well as have a working understanding of the arguments made by the opposition. Below you will find a few library resources to help you find argumentative essays and pro/con positions. These databases are great starting places, even if you don't have a topic in mind.
Opposing Viewpoints offers a list of topic ideas, and you can also search using keywords at the top of the screen.
When you click on a topic or search, you will be directed to a variety of different types of sources. You'll see magazine articles, academic articles, selected websites, and more.
A key feature of this database are the "viewpoint essays." These are essays solicited by the makers of this database for the purpose of showing students various arguments about the topic: think of them like debate-team arguments. They are founded in research and include bibliographies, but are not the same as published articles from magazines, journals, and newspapers.
CQ Researcher is a great place for finding a topic or learning more about a topic you already have. Click "Browse Topics" to see a list of subject areas, or type your keywords into the search box.
Reports in CQ Researcher will provide background information, a pro/con section, as well as a focused report on the main issues with the topic.
Be sure that the report you are using has a recent date: hopefully within the last few years.