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Prof. Packer - English 101: Explore Different Viewpoints

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What Are Databases

Research Databases

Using research databases is a great way of gathering research, especially scholarly articles.  Scholarly articles are good to use because they go into greater depth about a particular issue or topic, are published more frequently than other materials like books, and usually provide a list of sources at the end of the article that can lead you to related research.

Here are a few useful databases for an argumentative-style essay:

Finding Editorials

How to Find Editorials

Editorials offer reasoned opinions on current controversial topics.  You can search Academic Search Premier or LexisNexis for editorials.


Searching for Point of View

It can be tricky to find articles that support a certain point of view.  Try one or more of these methods when searching  Library databases:

  • Try a search term that has a point of view embedded in it (“right to die,” “pro-choice,” etc.).
  • Some databases let you limit your search to editorials, opinion essays, or commentaries, from the Advanced Search page.
  • Add a search term such as debate, controversy, controversial, pro, proponent, support, benefit, opponent, opposition, con, counter, ban, negative, ethical, ethics, moral, rights, etc

Finding Pro/Con Arguments

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