Sunday, September 28, 2008

Finding Pro and Con Articles

Quality research often involves looking at an issue from many perspectives and using logic and evidence or data to formulate a conclusion, support a thesis statement, or present an analysis. How can you find materials that address a topic from differing viewpoints? The Empire State College online library offers some research databases that can make your search easier:
  • CQ Researcher is a database of reports that offers in-depth, non-biased coverage of political and social issues, with regular reports on topics in health, international affairs, education, the environment, technology and the U.S. economy. Each report includes an overview of the topic, assessment of the current situation, tables and maps, pro/con statements from representatives of opposing positions, and bibliographies of additional key sources.
  • Gale Opposing Viewpoints Resource Center is a one-stop source for information on social issues. This database includes viewpoint essays, full-text newspaper and magazine articles, statistics, primary documents, and web links on dozens of controversial issues. Topics cover a wide range of issues, including medical ethics, pollution, prisons, censorship, animal rights, welfare reform, and others.

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