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Controversial Issues: Get Help

Ideas for hot or controversial topics to write about for classes.

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Controversial Issues and Hot Topics:
A Resource Guide For Argumentative And Persuasive Research


If you've been asked to select an issue you have strong opinions about to write an argumentative essay or to deliver a persuasive speech, you might feel at a loss for coming up with something to use. This guide can help you discover a topic you hadn't considered and direct you to the best resources for finding information on that issue.


Topic Ideas: Choosing a topic. Get a clue!

Background Information: Learn more about your topic online and in the library.

Books: Find and check out a book on your topic.

Articles: Get news articles and peer-reviewed articles for your research.

Evaluating Information: Learn how to check if information is credible and good to use.

Citing and Avoiding Plagiarism: How to use information correctly and different citation styles.

Meet with a Librarian

Schedule an individual consultation with a research librarian through this link.  A librarian is happy to help you at any point in the research process, from helping you develop a topic for your project, to finding information, to helping with citations.