WRTG 10600: Academic Writing, Debate Topics

Debate Topics

Dogs vs. Cats

                              

Cats
Dogs

Apple vs. Android

                                

iPhone
Android 
 

Standardized Testing

                                     

Standardized tests

Best bets

EBSCO Research Library  this is one of the databases that Argos does not search, so I would recommend looking here, it covers many areas of focus. To narrow the focus, click "Show all" after the green Academic Search Premier above the search boxes 

Opposing Viewpoints in Context  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 

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 

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 

                            

ProQuest Research Library  includes Proquest Education, Health Management, Psychology, Social Science journals, and Ebrary Ebooks

PsycINFO  provides access to international literature in psychology and related disciplines such as psychiatry, education, business, computers, medicine, nursing, pharmacology, law, linguistics, and social work

In-class exercise: Tracking Sources

Buzzfeed Article 
Facebook Article 
 
  • Does the article offer links that can be lead to a source?
  • What is the source of the information?
  • Are the creators, or media outlet, presenting the inforamtion credible?
  • Is the inforamtion accurately portrayed?
  • Would you feel comfortable using this for a paper?

Concept Mapping

                      

Tips for searching

  • Use quotation marks around phrases or names
  • Brainstorm keywords and terms before you start your search
  • Look at the limiters offered by databases (typically on the left, or right hand side after a search)
  • You can narrow by source type, publication date, subject, language, and more
                                
  • Use Google or Wikipedia as a starting point, not an ending point
  • Use subject headings and indexes attached to articles to explore more terms 
                   

Using the ACCORD Rubric

You’re writing a paper for a class.  You need sources.   How do you know which ones are the best?  In evaluating a source, you should keep in mind the context in which you will use it. Most sources are not inherently good or bad, but some are more appropriate than others in a given context. 

The Library's Guide on Evaluating Resources  explains the ACCORD rubric, developed by Ithaca College Librarians, that we will use in this session.

Briefly ACCORD means:

Agenda - Why was this information made available?
Credentials - Is the author of the source credible?
Citations - Does the author cite sources?
Oversight - Has the information been reviewed or refereed? 
Relevance - Does the source fit your needs?
Date - When was the information published/updated?

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