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Argumentative & Pro/Con Research: Getting Started

Links, and Web sites to help you find resources for argumentative and Pro/Con research.

Welcome to the Argumentative & Pro/Con Research Libguide


This research guide pulls together a variety of resources you may want to use if you are conducting research for Argumentative and or Pro/Con paper(s).

Want to know where to start your research? Click on the above tabs to find lists of books, journal titles and recommended databases, primary sources and recommended reliable websites.

Have questions? Feel free to comment or ask questions about this research guide by clicking above on the PAGE COMMENTS link. Feel free to contact a librarian anytime you need assistance.

Good luck in your research.

Overview of Argumentative Essay

The argumentative essay is a genre of writing that requires the student to investigate a topic, collect, generate, and evaluate evidence, and establish a position on the topic in a concise manner. (Writing Lab, The Owl at Purdue & Purdue University)

Research Basics -- Step by Step

Breaking Down The Research Process

Depending on your topic and your familiarity with the library, you may need to rearrange or recycle these steps.  Adapt this outline to your needs.  The Librarians are ready to help you at every step in your research.


1.  Choose a topic -- or have one assigned

 2.  Do background reading on your topic 

  • Refine your topic
  • Consider a main focus

3.  Search Sources

  • Find Books
  • Find Articles
  • Find Internet Sources

4.  Write your paper -- Informative, Analytical, Argumentative, Critical

5.  Cite Your Sources


(Adapted from S. Woods' Controversial Issues Libguide )

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