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Assignment | Argumentative Essay (Anderson): Find Information

ENGL 1301 | Prof. J. Anderson | Spring 2020

Picking Sources

Where you look for information will depend on your topic and what kind of information you're looking for.

  • News Articles: very current (or at least, of the moment, since we can read old news). Often human interest-driven, so you usually get a mix of statistics and individual anecdote.
  • Magazine Articles: pretty current, and tend to be longer (and therefore go into a bit more depth) than news articles
  • Books: the longest source, so can have the most breadth and/or depth on their topics

Suggested Databases

Background Information Source

General, Multi-Subject Databases

These have a little bit of everything and can be a good place to get started. Opposing Viewpoints especially has a lot of types of information, clearly labeled. In Academic Search Complete, especially look at magazine and newspaper articles.

News-centric Databases

What's a Database?

illustration of a question mark on fire (burning question)Psst -- what's a database?

In its most basic sense, a database Access only available off-campus with a 14-digit library barcode from LSCS is just a selection of information designed for you to search and retrieve stuff from it. Amazon is a database you're probably familiar with: it's limited (only contains things you can buy through them) and retrievable (you can search and filter your results to find what you're looking for).

The library databases contain reputable, reliable sources of information to support researchers like you! This means everything from digital encyclopedias (like Credo), ebooks, scholarly journal articles, magazine and newspaper articles, streaming videos, statistics, and more.

Accessing the Databases

Access 100+ databases organized by subject area from the Research Databases page. Also try our dynamic, sortable database list!

Student ID BadgeTo access the databases locked icon (same icon that displays by the LSC-limited access resources) from off-campus, you must provide the 14-digit library barcode.

Don't have one yet? Request a barcode number online.

Even More Databases:

Consider which disciplines apply to your specific topic when choosing your databases.

DatabasesResearch Databases (Main Page)

Databases (Searchable List)