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Controversial Issues   Tags: argumentative_essays, controversial issues  

General guidelines, resources, and instruction on researching controversial issues and writing an argumentative paper.
Last Updated: May 26, 2016 URL: http://libraryguides.cerritos.edu/controversial_issue Print Guide RSS Updates

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Controversial Issues

 

What You Need to Know

Understanding Your Assignment

Before you begin looking for information you should make sure you understand your assignment. Some good questions are:

  • How many pages?
  • How many sources?
  • What kinds of sources?
    • Books
    • Articles
    • Websites
  • What format?

Your professor is your best resource to answer these questions.

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Controversial Issue Paper

image of scaleWriting an argumenative paper on a controversial issue requires that you look at both sides of an issue and take a position on one side or the other.  You not only take a stand on an issue, but you must defend it against opposing points of view.  Therefore, your argumentative research paper will involve advocacy and persuasion. 

What to do:

  • Select your topic
  • Research the issues surrounding the topic
  • Read other writers’ arguments for and against
  • Take a stand
  • Present supporting evidence in favor of your position
  • Defend your position against opposing points of view
  • Anticipate and deflect arguments against your position
  • Make your case persuasively 
 

Research Basics - Step by Step

Breaking Down The Research Process  

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The following outline gives a simple and effective strategy for finding information for a research paper and documenting the sources you find. Depending on your topic and your familiarity with the library, you may need to rearrange or recycle these steps. Adapt this outline to your needs. We are ready to help you at every step in your research.

  1. Choose a topic - or have one assigned
  2. Understand your topic
    • Background reading
    • Consider a main focus
    • Refine your topic
    • Make a list of your keywords and concepts
  3. Search Sources
    • Find Books
    • Find Articles
    • Find Websites
  4. Write your paper - Informative, Analytical, Argumentative, Critical
  5. Cite your sources
             

            Professor Mata Eng 100 Summer 2016

            Date: Wednesday June 8
            Time: 11:45 pm
            Librarian: Monica Lopez

            Student will be writing argument essays and providing sources. They will choose one of these three controversial issues:

            Book banning in public schools

            Prayer in public schools

            Fast food in public schools 

             

               

              Professor Havice
              ENG 52
              Spring 2016

              Date: Wednesday April 6
              Time: 1:45 pm
              Librarian: Lorraine Gersitz

               

              Professor Baker
              ENG 100
              Spring 2016

              Date: Tuesday March 29
              Time: 6:15 pm
              Librarian: Bruce Guter

               

              Professor Lamas
              ENG 100
              Spring 2016

              Date: Thursday March 31
              Time: 5:00 pm
              Librarian: Karen Vogel

               

              Talk to a Librarian

              Need Help 

              The Cerritos College Librarians can help you with your research in a variety of ways:

              Librarians are available during library hours to answer your questions by phone or chat.
              (562) 860-2451 x2425

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