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ENG 151/152 Controversial Issues: Finding Articles & More

A guide to sources for argumentative papers and persuasive speeches

Off-Campus Access to Databases

To access any database in this Research Guide from off campus, you will need your myMCC login.

Using the Article Databases

Article Databases mostly contain articles from periodicals, including:

Journal Articles, which cover research and practice in a particular field or discipline. These articles are written by experts in the field and are a high quality source. Limit your search to just journal articles by checking the Scholarly (Peer Reviewed) Journals option.

Magazine and Newspaper Articles, which are written more to the general public. They're not as high quality as journal articles and don't go through a rigorous peer review, but may still be appropriate depending on your topic. Use the Source Evaluation Rubric under the Evaluating Sources tab to evaluate these types of articles.

Good Starting Points

Try these databases for articles in periodicals and reference books on controversial societal topics.

Web Sites

Getting Started in Opposing Viewpoints (video)

Quick Tips and Shortcuts for Database Searching (video 5:19)