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Find Resources for an Argumentative Essay:


When writing about a problem that interests you, you will need to find resources to support where you stand on the issue. This guide will help you to:

  • Understand argumentative essays
  • Choose an issue
  • Find books
  • Find articles
  • Find commentary and public opinion polls
  • Find statistics

Resources for an Argumentative Essay

The following databases and Websites list key issues that are important, controversial, or have differing opinions:

Use the links below to find books owned by the Madigan Library that cover important issues.

Search the Library Catalog:

If an item is not owned by Penn College and you want it, we can get it for you through our interlibrary loan service, ILLiad.  Follow these steps:   

  • Identify an item in WorldCat that the Madigan Library doesn't own
  • Click on the link that says Request It from Interlibrary Loan
  • Login to ILLiad, or create a new user profile and then login to ILLiad
  • Verify the information on the request form is correct, then click on the Submit button
  • Check your PCT e-mail account for notices that your item has been received

Search GoogleBooks

Search for eBooks in the following collections:

Search the following databases to identify articles published in magazines, journals and newspapers that help support your side of an issue.  You may also need to use a subject-specific database that is not listed here. Make sure you use the advanced search and include keywords, such as: controversy, support, argument, advantage, disadvantage, benefit, advocate, or opponent
Use the Periodicals Library Guide to understand the differences between types of periodicals, and the Evaluate Information Library Guide to make sure you understand the article's point of view.  You may also want to consult the Find: Editorials tab within this guide.

Do we own it?

We don't own it...but we can get it for you!

Sometimes it is necessary to include statistics to support your side of an argument.  This part of the guide includes a few print and online statistical resources that you might find helpful.  There are several others available, so if you need something you cannot find with these resources, try searching Google or contact us and we will be glad to help.

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