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  This subject guide is intended as a tool for helping students choose a topic for persuasive essay assignments.  It includes books, databases, websites, and periodicals.


  • Opposing viewpoints: (check the call numbers for location) This book series provides opinions and arguments on a variety of societal issues, including pros and cons.

  • Taking Sides: Clashing views: (check the call numbers for location) Organized around a general topic, this book series addresses specific questions with argumentative articles written by informed observers.

  • Contemporary World Issues: (check the call numbers for location) This series features explanation, chronology, biographical sketches, and legal considerations for selected global issues.




  • CQ Researcher: Weekly reports about popular issues including background, history, chronology, bibliography, pro/con, and outlook. 

  • Issues & Controversies: Comprehensive reports include links to related topics and relevant news events. 

  • Points of View Reference Center: Essays on controversial issues supplemented with supporting articles from political and social publications.

  • SIRS Issues Researcher: Specialized database provides brief overview, pro/con, and links to a variety of relevant documents.




  • Public Agenda: A variety of documents including reports, fact files, and opinion polling results.

  • National Issues Forums: Informed reports of public opinion based on data gathered through community forums across the country.

  • Debatabase: A large collection of argumentative topics with introductory and background information; also includes concise example arguments.

  • BBC News: Americas: Continuously updated news stories from around the Western Hemisphere.




  • Facts on File: Weekly World News Digest: (Ref 909.82 F143) A weekly collection of news items from around the world organized according to categories such as subject, personal name, company, organization, geographic area, and news topic.



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