To effectively argue one side of an issue it is essential to also be familiar with arguments from the other side of that same issue. Do not limit yourself to researching only one side. For example, an article, speech, paper, or report that supports a particular issue such as gun control, will often provide information on the opposing position.
The Library subscribes to several resources which include both "pro" and "con" positions on topics. Individual issues in each series will be dedicated to a specific topic. Examples of recent topics are homeland security, the American family, cybercrime, athletes as role models, consumer culture and global warming. The volumes of the series are not shelved together; each volume will have a specific call number.
To locate specific issues: Search the series title (for example: "contemporary world issues") as a keyword in ONESEARCH to see a list of the individual titles in each series.
Another way to find arguments for and against controversial topics is through advocacy groups and organizations. Many sites publish reports and articles that support their mission and goals.
To find these organizations search in your favorite search engine (Bing, Yahoo, Google, etc.) and limit your search to .org results.
Contact the librarian who specializes in the subject you are debating.
Contact Leilani Hall with questions or comments about this Research Guide. Thanks to Debbie Rogenmoser for her original guide that I have updated.
firstname.lastname@example.org or 916 278-6422
Check the catalog
The books in our Library are arranged by subject. Look in OneSearch for these titles, their locations and call numbers.