Course Research Pages

PHI 160 - Logic and Critical Thinking

Finding Background Information in Electronic Resources

Encyclopedia Britannica Online - Includes articles that provide background information. Note that using the "Print Article" tab allows viewing of an entire article.

Gale Virtual Reference Library - Search by keyword for background information on your argumentative essay topics. Be sure to see the "see also" links to other related topics at the end of articles.

Finding Books on Your Topic

Bowman Library Book and Media Catalog - search by keyword or subject heading to find books in the Bowman Library collection. If you are writing on current controversial topics, try the Opposing Viewpoints series, the Introducing Issues With Opposing Viewpoints series, and the At Issue series.

Research Databases for Magazine, Newspaper, and Journal Articles

CQ Researcher - Search here for reports on timely and controversial topics, such as women in the military, sex education, and professional football.

EBSCO - Use to find articles on controversial issues. Adding some of the following words to your search may help find articles useful in an argumentative essay: opinion, editorial, commentary, op/ed, pro/con, viewpoint, debate.

LexisNexis - Use this link to directly search The New York Times. To search another publication by name, click "Remove" and type in a new publication name.

Newspaper Web Sites

The New York Times - we also have The New York Times in print.

The Wall Street Journal - we also have The Wall Street Journal in print.

The Washington Post

Web Sites

International Debate Education Association (IDEA) - An authoritative collection of debates on topics of worldwide importance. - Straightforward, non-partisan pro-con information on controversial issues.

Public Agenda - Non-partisan, unbiased reporting on controversial issues. See Issue Guides, Research Studies, and topics discussed on the home page.

The Economist Debates - Pro/con debates on issues of international importance, from The Economist, a leading British magazine.

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Research Tips

These Research Guides have been prepared by librarians to assist with your research. Read more:

Evaluating Web Resources

Critically Analyzing Information Sources

Searching Electronic Resources Effectively

For more information on citation style, see:

Citing Your Research

MLA Handbook for Writers of Research Papers - LB2369 .G53 2009 (Located in Library Permanent Reserves)