Welcome to the Research Guide for CLA 343: Argumentation and Debate. Research projects for this course have a specific form and format. Please make sure that you are following both the syllabus and your professor's instructions. The suggested databases are available linked from here and from the Electronic Resources section found on the library home page. Print resources are available in the PHC campus collection or by mail to distance learning members of the PHC community. You may check the location and availability of an item in the on-campus collection through the online catalog, Voyager, accessed through the library home page.
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Search the PHC Library Catalog to find items in the collection on your subject.
The following books are part of a series that will give you an overview or examples of stances on a controversial issue and may help you in selecting a debate topic. These provide an overview and are not sufficiently rigorous to entirely support your topic. You may find additional resources by checking the references listed within each book.
Don't forget to search eBooks for more resources available immediately!
Subject Specific Daabases
Reports are published weekly on a topic of current interest. Reports include an introductory overview; background and chronology on the topic; an assessment of the current situation; tables and maps; pro/con statements from representatives of opposing positions; and bibliographies of key sources. Articles range from 1923-present. Browse by topic, by date, or search by keyword. With the number of years included, it may give you a way to look at how the attitudes and arguments have changed over time.
ProQuest - Periodical database covering a wide range of topics. The "Suggested Topics" box at the top of the results list can help you refine your search terms or look at different aspects of your topic. Check the box in the search or click on the tab in the results to limit your results to Scholarly Journals.
LexisNexis - Database of newspaper articles, broadcast news transcripts, SEC filings, tax law, state and federal cases, state and federal codes, elected officials, legistlative bills, primary sources in US history, and statistical tables.
JSTOR - Database of scholarly articles from a broad variety of disciplines. Articles are not added to JSTOR until they are at lease 3 years old. In Advanced Search you can check the box to include "articles outside of JSTOR" to find titles of articles published in recent years.
These are citation databases, they do not provide the full-text. These are all FirstSearch databases, similar to WorldCat. You can place an ILL request from any of these databases by clicking on the ILL button.
Electronic Collections Online (ECO)
Index to a scholarly journals
Index to journal articles, just based on the table of contents.
Proper citation for any research paper is essential. Please use the citation style required by your professor. Citation guides are available in the library and library staff are available to guide your search. Online citation helps are available at a variety of sites including http://owl.english.purdue.edu/ .
Created: Gladden, 2007. Revised: Tallmon/Thornhill, 2010, 2011, 2012.