Debate & Persuasive Research


Where Do I Start my research?

1. Gathering Sources. Read about a broad topic with "peripheral vision," looking for subtopics and important terms.

Pro/Con Resources (username and password needed for resources below - see handout)

  • Online Catalog Search for books on your topic at Independence High School Library.
  • SIRS Knowledge Source -Provides essays and articles on different sides of controversial issues. Useful in both choosing and researching a topic.
  • Gale Opposing Viewpoints- Provides essays on different sides of controversial issues. Useful in both choosing and researching a topic.
  • Points of View Reference Center - (Login: INFOhio Password: preview2010) is a full-text database designed to provide students with a series of essays that present multiple sides of a current issue. Free trial only good through March 6 2010.
  • EBSCOhost -Articles from more than 6,000 magazines and newspapers are indexed, most in full text. Enter keywords in advanced search
  • NewsBank Newspapers-A collection of full-text newspapers available online.
  • Gale Student Resource Center Gold-A collection of reference material, periodicals, newspapers and more.
Why Use a Database?
Imagine trying to find just the right article by browsing through random issues of periodicals. It would be like trying to find a needle in a haystack. With a database, specifically, a periodicals index database, you can use subject words (keywords) to find articles on specific topics. Searching a database will save you time and yield more relevant results.



Debate: Legalizing Marijuana:
try searching these combination's in databases:
marijuana and legalization
marijuana and (legaliz* or decriminaliz*) and united states
(marijuana or cannabis) and legalization

Google v databases
Purdue Lib