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Resources and strategies for researching controversial issues
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Welcome to the Gavilan Library Research Guide

for ENG1A (Angela Mora).



The information presented here is to support your Controversial Issue / Argument Research Project.


A Basic Research Strategy

1. If you haven't chosen a topic, browse using the controversial issues databases.

2. Look for overview articles that will give you a "big picture" of your topic--Controversial issues databases, the open web, etc.

3. Go deeper into the big picture as you begin to focus on the issue and the arguments that look promising to pursue: Controversial issues databases, books, ebooks.

4. Search for academic sources to support your arguments: academic journals, books, ebooks. You're looking for sources with lots of authority.

As you read and take notes, be open to shifting your topic where the information leads you. Let the evidence lead you to conclusions rather than the other way around. 

Cite sources as you go rather than all at the end.

Talk to your instructor, a tutor, a librarian about your research and be open to suggestions. 

Read. Read. Read. To research well, you'll wind up locating and reading much more than you will use. 




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