Argumentative Resources

Introduction

In your academic career, you may be called upon to write a paper that shows more than one point of view on a particular subject, topic or concept.  An argumentative research paper can be valuable to end-users seeking to answer a question or explore a topic because multiple views help a reader make more informed decisions and conclusions in relation to the issue at hand. 

On the whole, argumentative papers are often more objective than subjective, but one must be aware that the writer of the paper may also be trying to promote one point of view over another.  For example, an organization may want the reader to view things in the same way as the organization does.  They may produce a research paper that advances a case, such as herbal remedies are much better than over the counter or prescription drugs for the consumer if they are naturalists or vice versa if they are proponents of prescription drugs.  The reader must always be aware of who the authors of these research materials are and what type of agenda they may be promoting.  When creating argumentative research papers, bias must be avoided.

Below you will find Library Books, Series, eBooks, Databases, Websites, and Videos which can be of help in the implementation of your argumentative skills research. Argumentative papers can be based on current events, controversial issues or topics of interest that the writer wants to explore in further detail.

(Please click on the book cover or title to receive additional information about the resource. In some instances, you may have to scroll further on the web page to locate the specific item.)

If you have any questions about a resource or item please call us at 501-977-2092 or email us at: library@uaccm.edu

 

     Library Books

 

 

 

Illegal Immigration


 Merino, Noel

JV6483 .I524 2012

 

 

 

 

Beyond X and Y :
Inside the Science of Gender


 McCredie, Jane

HQ 1075 .M4175 2012 2012

 

 

 

ADHD Does Not Exist :
the Truth About
Attention Deficit and
Hyperactivity Disorder


Saul, Richard

RJ 506 .H9 S28 2013

 

 

 

Culture Wars in America :
An Encyclopedia
of Issues, Viewpoints,
and Voices


Chapman, Roger
Ciment, James
(Book Editors)

HM 1121 .C85 2014 
Reserve
(A-Z  - 3 Volumes)

 

Encyclopedia
of
Religious Controversies
in the
United States


Leonard, Bill,
Crainshaw, Jill Y.,

BR 515 .E53 2013
Reference
(2 Volumes)

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Series

At Issue, Opposing Viewpoints, and Current Controversies are just some of the series that can be found in the Gordon Library.  These series can be invaluable to any research project in that they explore controversial topics and portray opinions from professionals and organizations that have a vested interest in the issues at hand.  They are concise (most volumes consisting of no more than 150 to 200+ pages), relevant, informative and current.  At the beginning of each issue other topics in the series are listed to inform the reader of the diverse areas of study that are available for Argumentative Research studies.  These issues are presented in an intellectually stimulating and easy to read format.

Added features of these series are the bibliography, list of organizations and the index located at the rear of the source.  In these areas supplemental information and resources are identified.  The index can be helpful in narrowing your research to a more specific topic.  Additional research topics may be found by searching by the specific series title in the Academic Commons catalogue, i.e., search: At Issue; search: Current Controversies; search: Opposing Viewpoints; search: Global Viewpoints; search: Social Issues Firsthand; search: Perspectives on Diseases and Disorders; etc.

(Please click on the book cover or title to receive additional information about the resource. In some instances, you may have to scroll further on the web page to locate the specific item.)

 

     Featured Series: At Issue (135 Titles)

 

 

 

Identity Theft


Kiesbye, Stefan
(Book Editor)

HV6675 .I34 2012

 

 

Gay Marriage


Miller, Debra A
(Book Editor)

HQ 1034 .U5 G393 2012

 

 

What is the Role of
Technology in Education?


Bartos, Judeen,
(Book Editor)

LB 1028.3 .W435 2013

 

 

 

Designer Babies


Naff, Clay Farris,
(Book Editor)

 

RG 133.5 .D468 2013

 

 

 

Should the Legal Drinking
Age
Be Lowered?


Kiesbye, Stefan
(Book Editor)

 

HV 5135 .S57 2013

 

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eBooks

eBooks or “electronic books” are books that are presented to the reader in digital format.  There are various formats that an eBook can come in. The PDF format has the most widespread use because of free access and convenience. The use of eBooks can be very beneficial to the student.  They are portable, some can be copied or reproduced/printed (according to the copyright rules of the provider) and can be accessed from off campus wherever computing devices and the internet are available.  In order to access these electronic books off campus, one must visit the library front desk where a staff member will be happy to supply the barcode number which facilitates off campus access (and also allows the student to check out books, DVD’s and magazines).  The barcode number is applied to the back of the student id for easy retrieval. 

The links to eBooks may be found on the Academic Commons website under “Find” and under “Databases” as well.  eBook tools are located on the far right of the page once you click on an eBook title.  These tools allow you to retrieve citations in various formats, (MLA, APA, Chicago, etc.,), email links to the books, tools that enable users to search pages within the book for information using keywords relevant to your research and other useful features.  Click Here to access eBooks

Please review the featured items below which are based on current events and social issues.

(Please click on the book cover or title to receive additional information about the resource. In some instances, you may have to scroll further on the web page to locate the specific item.)

 

    eBooks

 

 

 

On the Outskirts of Normal


Monroe, Debra
2012

(Topic: Interracial Adoption)

 

 

Encyclopedia of
Contemporary
American Social Issues


Shally-Jensen, Michael
2011

(Topic: Scholarly research on a
broad array of current social issues)

 

Youth Violence:

Theory Prevention and Intervention


Seifert, Kathryn,
Schmidt, Robert,
Ray, Karen
2012


(Topics: Bullying, Gangs, Hate Crimes, etc.)

Consent of the Networked:

The  Worldwide Struggle for
Internet Freedom


MacKinnon, Rebecca
2012

(Topic: Internet Censorship)

A New Era in U.S. Health Care:      

      Critical Next Steps Under the
Affordable Care Act


Davidson, Stephen M.
2013

(Topic: Healthcare Reform)

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Databases

The databases found on the Academic Commons website supply a multitude of research resources. 

Some of the resources found there are full text peer reviewed journal articles, magazines, trade journals, primary documents, statistics, scientific reports, newspaper articles, images, audio recordings, video recordings,  streaming video, photographs, maps, speeches, author/writer information, nursing, health, and medical issues, biographies, criticisms, psychology, Spanish language reference tools, reference books and sets, electronic books (eBooks), United States History and culture, a current events database and much more.In most instances, each database comes with helpful tools and/or features that can supplement and facilitate the research experience. For instance, the African American Experience Database comes with a Research Tutor (Found on the Home Page under website information) that can further explain the argumentative process.  This feature includes audio recordings on Making a Compelling Argument (6 topics) and also includes a section on how to write a research paper ( 9 topics). 

The SIRS database includes many brand new current issues found in Issues Researcher, Government Information, websites containing biographies, writing guides and educational games as well as citation and subject guide help, (found under Database Features).

Another helpful feature in many databases is the option to set up a personal account which can be accessed for an extended period of time.


*Below please find a listing of some featured databases that will help you find articles to help you write your paper. Shown are just some of the subject areas that they cover.  For more in-depth information, please navigate to the actual database.

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Finding Articles

    SIRS

 

 

Searches may be done using subject headings, keywords, natural language, issue,   Database Features or by Topic Browse

 

Featured Writing Resources

Please see
Student Tools link :

(iThink Skills Tutor for writing help)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

SIRS provides access to thousands of full-text articles that cover social, historic, political, scientific, health, business, economic, and global issues.

 

Please Click Here to access SIRS off campus

Off campus access requires a valid library card barcode number.

 

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Database Features

 

Topic Browse

ProQuest SIRS Issues Researcher ProQuest SIRS Government Reporter ProQuest SIRS Renaissance
       Business Almanac Features Architecture and   Design
     Environment    Arts & Humanities Culture
        Family Domestic Affairs Literature
     Global Issues Federal Procedures Multimedia
        Health International Affairs Music
  Human    Relations Military Affairs Performing Arts
    Institutions Scientific Research Philosophy & Religion
      Science

 

Visual Arts

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    EBSCOHost

 

 

EBSCOhost allows you to perform a single search of every Ebsco database available to our students.

Off campus access requires a valid library card barcode number.

Enter one term (broad) or a Search String (more specific) into the search box.

The use of limiters can be helpful in narrowing your results to full text, publication type or image type.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

*Please be sure to use the database tools! They are visible once you click on the article or eBook title and are located on the right side of the page. Also access “Find Similar Results” to receive other articles of value.
 

 

 

Databases

Multi-Purpose / General
Academic Search Elite
eBook Collection / eBook Academic
Funk and Wagnall’s New World Encyclopedia
Masterfile Premier
Newspaper Source
TOPICsearch
World History Collection
Business and Legal
Business Source Elite
Legal Collection
Regional Business News
Educators
ERIC
Primary Search
Middle Search Plus
Mas Ultra School Edition
Teacher Reference Center
Professional Development Collection
Medical
AHFS Consumer Medication
CINAHL
Consumer Health Complete
Health Source: Consumer Edition / Health Source :Nursing Academic
MEDLINE
Trade, Industry and Job Related
Vocational, Careers and Technical Education
Environment
GreenFILE
 

Searching the EBSCOHost Databases

(1.) Please read the synopsis for each database to see which databases may have information on your topic and put a checkmark in the corresponding box. You may choose as many as you would like. (Hint: Use general and specific databases). Click on “Continue”

(2.) Choose keywords from your topic’s title or Thesis Statement. Keywords are the most important words in your topic’s title. Search strings are a combination of the keywords in your topic’s title. Connect your keywords with Boolean Operators like AND (specific results), OR (broad/many results), and NOT (exclude certain results). 

Example:  moral OR legal OR ethics AND cloning

(3.) Enter the search string into the search box using, Basic or Advanced Search. Be sure to limit your results by checking Full Text so you can receive the whole article.

(4.) Look at the article results that you receive from your search. On the right side of the page you should see a magnifying glass icon. Hover your mouse over the icon to see what the article is about.

(5.) If the article is of interest, click on the article title. If your resource is an eBook, please be sure to check the table of contents to see if the information may be of use, also use the magnifying glass icon to search throughout the book. If the article is a PDF or html file, click on that icon to see the whole article.

 

 

Please Click Here to access EBSCOHost

 

Off campus access requires a valid library card barcode number.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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    ProQuest

 
Searches can be done by keyword, publications and subject area:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

ProQuest Research Library

ProQuest Research Library provides access to a wide range of popular academic subjects with more than 5,060 titles from scholarly journals, trade publications, magazines, and newspapers. It is one of the broadest, most inclusive general reference databases.

Off campus access requires a valid library card barcode number.

Enter one term (broad) or a Search String (more specific)

The use of limiters can be helpful in narrowing your results to full text, publication type or image type.

 

 

Please Click Here to access ProQuest

 

*Please be sure to use the database tools and features.

They are usually located on the right side of the page once you have clicked the search button or the article title.

Citation tools are also available

 

 

Searching the ProQuest Research Library

(1.) Choose keywords from your topic’s title or Thesis Statement. Keywords are the most important words in your topic’s title. Search strings are a combination of the keywords in your topic’s title. Connect your keywords with Boolean Operators like AND (specific results), OR (broad/many results), and NOT (exclude certain results). 

Example:  immigration AND children OR teenagers

(2.) Enter the search string into the search box using, Basic or Advanced Search. Be sure to check the box called Full text so you can receive the whole article.

(3.) Look at the article results that you receive from your search. On the right side of the page you should see a box icon that says “Preview”. Hover your mouse over the icon to see what the article is about.

(4.) If the article is of interest, click on the article title, the Full text of the article should display. If the article is available in PDF and that is the preferred format, click on that icon to see the whole article.

(5.) If you find an article that really focuses on your research, you can click on the “More like this” / See similar documents link in the database tools to bring forward other articles of value.

 

 

 

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Writing Help

    Writer’s Reference Center

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Writer’s Reference Center provides users with all of the tools necessary to write and research effectively.

Special features include research and writing tips as well as access to different dictionaries.

Off campus access requires a valid library card barcode number

Please Click Here to access Writer's Reference Center

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Films On Demand is a digital video library, which allows you to view streaming videos.

Subjects include; anthropology, art and architecture, archival films and newsreels, earth science, communication, history, politics, sociology, and world languages.

Films on Demand includes special collections from the BBC, PBS News Hour, and major news channels.

 

Off campus access requires a valid library card barcode number.

(Search: argument)

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Films on Demand

 

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Featured Film on Demand

 

 

Evidence in Argument:
Critical Thinking

 

 

 

 

 

 

How can evidence be presented for maximum effectiveness in arguments?

This program begins by illustrating the meaning and significance of evidence and the presentation of evidence in numbers, percentages, rates, and over time.

An argument against zoos then gives viewers the opportunity to evaluate how evidence is used to support the arguments being made.

Part of the series:
Critical Thinking
(25 minutes)


Item Number: 49816
© 2009

 

 

 

 

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Websites

    Online Writing Lab at Purdue University

 

 

Introductions,
Body, Paragraphs, and Conclusions for an Argument Paper

https://owl.english.purdue.edu/owl/resource/724/1/


 

The Online Writing Lab (OWL) at Purdue University houses writing resources and instructional material, and we provide these as a free service of the Writing Lab at Purdue.

Students, members of the community, and users worldwide will find information to assist with many writing projects.
 


Arguments in an Essay on Literature

 

https://owl.english.purdue.edu/owl/resource/713/06/
 

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     Writing Center at Chapel Hill

 

 

 

Argument

 

https://writingcenter.unc.edu/handouts/argument/

 

Please Click Here for a complete listing of handouts

Policy:

We believe that writing is a learned skill and that writing problems are solvable problems.

We help writers consider the many choices they make in the writing process, from identifying a topic and a time to write to deciding where a comma should go.

 

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