This guide provides information to help find resources for writing a Persuasion Paper.
Finding Articles in the databases:
To find databases click on the blue Browse All Databases button the main library page. On the resulting page you can search alphabetically, by subject, type, or Vendor. The two types of databases are General and Subject Specific.
Databases - General
Reasons to use a general database:
Shows the types of articles being written on a subject.
Can refer to more articles to deepen your research.
Crosses over several disciplines.
Multi-disciplinary: pulls together various subject areas.
Titles of General Databases to consider:
Databases – By Title or Subject
You can search for these databases alphabetically by name.
To narrow down to specific subjects click on the arrow in the All Subjects box.
Primary Source Material
Primary Sources are immediate, first-hand accounts of a topic, from people who had a direct connection with it.
A Primary Source (also called an original source or evidence) is an artifact, document, diary, manuscript, autobiography, recording, or any other source of information that was created at the time under study.
Primary sources vary by discipline and can include historical and legal documents, eye witness accounts, results of an experiment, statistical data, pieces of creative writing, and art objects.
Examples of Primary Source Material:
Pieces of creative writing
Original audio and video recordings
Internet communications via email
Databases - Opposing Viewpoint Databases
Issues & Controversies: Facts on File - Provides coverage of current and historical events related to controversial topics. It presents background on the particular issue being debated, supporter’s arguments, opponent’s arguments, links to media clips, editorials, news reports, and discussion questions. Look here for ideas of issues currently in the news.
CQ Researcher - Full-length articles with in-depth coverage of the most important issues of the day, including an overview, historical background, chronology, pro/con feature, and resources for additional research
Websites - Opposing Viewpoints
Pro/con.org – Supported by Encyclopedia Britannica, this website presents the pro and con opinions on many social issues. It claims to be impartial in its coverage.
Databases – Data
Data-Planet – A large repository of standardized and structured statistical data.
Databases – Specific Topic Areas
Communication and Mass Media Complete – Contains journal articles on all aspects of the communications field, including advertising, public relations, linguistics, and literature.
ProQuest Congressional – Contains congressional documents from 1789 to the present. Includes Congressional hearings
Social and Educational Issues
SocIndex – Specializes in social work and human services journals.
Criminal Justice Collection - Journal articles for those studying law, law enforcement, terrorism, homeland security, forensic science, and related topics. Includes crime reports
ERIC & Education Research Complete – All educational topics
Business Source Complete – All things Business
Emerald - A full-text journal database in the broad discipline of management. Covers core fields (e.g., accounting, finance, human resources, marketing) and specialized areas (e.g., health care management, library/information science)
GreenFILE – Index, abstracts, and open access of research related to the environmental effects of individuals, corporations, and governments.
Music Index or RILM Abstracts of Music Literature
Databases providing current and historical newspaper access:
Proquest: Historical Newspapers – provides back issues of the NY Times, Washington Post, Baltimore Sun, The Guardian, and the Observer from 1700 and 1800s through 2000s.
US Newsstream – Full-text newspapers, newswires, blogs, and news sites from 1980 – present
Books providing historical American history documents:
Annals of America – multi-volume set covering 1493-1986. Housed in robotic system.
The American Republic: Primary sources – United State history from 1600-1865.