WRTG 10600: Academic Writing, Writing Project #3

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 Issues 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 Topic Finder 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  has several helpful statistics and infographics. Use the search bar to start searching, and select Topics to get more general statistics:  

JSTOR  covers several disciplines including humanities, social sciences, politics, and business

Information: Needs, Types 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?
  • D - Date -When was the information published/updates?

Fake News VS. Disinformation

Fake News, misinterpreting true information

Disinformation, propaganda by Russian bots

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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Limiting to Scholarly Articles in Argos

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"

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.

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