Rhetoric Research Guide: Researching Opposing Viewpoints
Welcome to the Research Guide for CLA 223: Rhetoric. 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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There are series of books that will give you an overview or examples of stances on a controversial issue. Remember that these are only an overview of one person’s opinion, not a sufficient base for an entire research project. Generally, references are provided for further research on the topic.
- "Opposing Viewpoints" series
Each book is its own controversial topic. Currently own 4 books in the series: Nationalism, Patriot Act, Illegal Immigration, and Environment.
- "Taking Sides" Reference Library
Each book covers a variety of topics within a broader topic, i.e. controversial political issues. The PHC collection currently contains seven different topics: religion, world politics, moral issues, American history, world history, political issues, social issues.
Each book presents the arguments on a theological contention. Some are not likely to be policy issues, such as views on the rapture, but others are, such as women in the ministry.
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- CQ Researcher
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.
- Pro & Con Online
Monthly publications cover opposing views on controversial national issues. Documents are drawn from Congress, the Supreme Court, the United Nations and other international tribunals.
General Full-Text Periodical Databases
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.
- 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.
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.
Created: August 2007 by Charlessa McConnell
Revised: October 2009 by Sara Pensgard
Revised: January 2010 by Vickie Thornhill