What Do You Know?
You probably already know a little something about the topic you chose, but it's important to find out more in order to write an intelligent research paper and/or make a good argument.
- What do I know?
- What can I find out?
Reference resources help you find out more!
Library Research Guides lead you to the best resources to use when searching for information on your topic.
Always check to see if there's a Research Guide on your topic.
An Argumentative Research Paper
- How many pages?
- How many sources?
- Can you use the following?
- academic journals
- authoritative web sites from institutions trusted by academics (typically .gov, .edu, and .org)
- MLA style
Choose a topic
- Scan the following titles in the library's print reference collection:
- Opposing ViewPoints series
- Current Controversies series
- Scan the following titles in the library's electronic database collection:
Learn about your topic
Once you have chosen a topic, use general reference sources to better understand it and get background information. Reference sources are a good starting point for your research because they help you become better acquainted with your topic. This will help you refine you topic and come up with keywords to help you find more information.
See the list below for some selected reference sources available online
Selected Library Reference Sources - Online
Below are some of the library's online resources that can help you get some background information on your topic. These resources are available on and off campus but require a login for off-campus use. Enter your Cerritos College ID and password when prompted. For more login information see the Database Login page.