Last Updated: Oct 28, 2014
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:
- 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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