English 101 - Arguing a Position: Find Articles and More

1. Start Your Research Here

The following library databases, CQ Researcher and Opposing Viewpoints, are great places to begin you research. If you haven't decided on a topic, you might want to browse these databases for potential topics. Please note, these databases are great resources for "in the news" social/political/economic topics. If you have a more specific topic e.g. should we abolish the penny, you will find more results using general databases such as Proquest or EbscoHost.

  • CQ Researcher - Coverage of current events topics. Also provides pro/con for current issues. You can type in your search topic, browse by date or browse by topic. If you find a report on a topic you are interested in, you can e-mail, print or download the report. Make sure you click on the "Cite Now!" link. This will create a citation for the report in APA or MLA format. See this feature illustrated in this video.
  • Opposing Viewpoints - An online database that presents the pro and con of social issues, as well as providing statistics and reliable websites.


2. Find More Specific Resources

Use the following databases to find articles about your topic. These databases index journals, newspapers and other material.