WRTG 10600: Academic Writing, Argument Essay

Best bets

Opposing Viewpoints in Context  is a good resource for finding a clear layout of viewpoints, academic articles, primary resources, images, and news about a topic. Start by going to Browse Topics on the upper left corner of the home page

CQ Researcher  is a good resource for finding in depth reports on popular news topics. Try Hot Topics on the right hand side of the page, or the Browse Topics and Browse Reports drop down menus on the top of the page 

JSTOR  covers over fifty disciplines including humanities, social sciences, history, science & mathamatics, art, and business

General OneFile  covers news and periodicals focusing on wide range of topics: business, computers, current events, economics, education, environmental issues, health care, humanities, law, literature and art, social sciences, sports, and technology. Start with a Subject Guide search 

EBSCO Research Library  this is a database that Argos does not search, so I would recommend looking here as it covers many areas of focus. They also offer recommended search terms

Statista  this has several helpful statistics and infographics. I would recommend using the search bar to start searching, but you might also try the drop down menu of Statistics to get topic information, and most viewed statistics 

Information: Needs, Types, and Qualities

Information Needs
  • Background 
  • Current events 
  • Data/Statistics
  • Analysis/Opinion
  • Research
Information Types
  • Dictionaries/Encyclopedias
  • Wikipedia
  • Books
  • Newspapers
  • Websites
  • Social Media 
  • Scholarly articles
Information Quality 
  • A - Agenda - Why was this information made available?
  • C - Credentials - Is the author of the source credible?
  • C - Citations - Does the author cite sources?
  • O - Oversight - Has the information been reviewed? 
  • R - Relevance - Does the source fit your needs?
  • - Date -When was the information published/updates?

Further Research

  • When looking at a record you should take a look at the Subject headings to generate keywords, and see all of the resources that fall within that specific heading:

  • You should scroll down to the bottom of the record and look for the orange arrows with the words "citing this" or "cited in this":
  • Type the name of the article into Google Scholar, they typically list even more articles that are citing the one you might be interested in

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Ted Talks

The TED Talk website has over 2,600 TED talks available, and they are searchable by keyword or topic.

Want to try an ebook?

Ebook Central (formerly ebrary)  features books that you can read online (on or off campus) that covers topics including arts, business/management, education, social science, law, history, health, general, and more.

Additional Databases

SocINDEX with Full Text  Covers sociological research areas such as gender studies, political sociology, social psychology, cultural sociology, anthropology, criminology, etc. 

ScienceDirect  Provides full-text articles and books in science, math, education, communications, economics, and more. Notable features include "Recommended articles" and "Citing articles"

Personal Essays

New York Times: Lives features short, powerful stories about meaninful life experiences. You can browse the latest, or use the search feature like the photo below

Salon also features personal essays

The Boston Globe features personal essays about relationships of any kind in their Connections section

The Sun is an independent magazine, and they publish personal stories, short stories, essays, poetry, inerviews 

MLA Citation and Writing Style Resources

MLA is the citation style used by most disciplines in the Humanities. Here is my guide to the latest (2016) update of the MLA style.