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Debating Capital Punishment

When debating, the idea is to change people's minds and/or motivate them to act.  Therefore, you must ...

  • take a position on an issue
  • use arguments to convince an audience
  • understand the audience
  • know the various viewpoints on an issue
  • present information and facts in support of the argument
  • anticipate objections to the argument.


Here are 2 worksheets that could be helpful in building your argument:

Using Library Databases to Find Supporting Material

  • Gale Virtual Reference Library
    Encyclopedia articles provide you with an overview of your topic, including important names, events, dates and other facts.
  • CQ Researcher
    Informative, in-depth articles on popular topics that include overviews, a pro/con section, statistics, chronologies, and more.
  • Opposing Viewpoints in Context
    Database provides viewpoint essays that argue different sides of an issue as well as links to statistical, primary and periodical sources.
  • SIRS Knowledge Source
    Viewpoints on a wide variety of current social issues, as well as overviews, statistics and links to articles in magazines, journals, and newspapers.
  • Databases by Subject
    Click here to connect to library databases arranged by subject.


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