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Researching an Argument

This guide will help you research and find evidence to support an argument. Students writing an argumentative essay or creating a persuasive speech will find this guide useful.

Where should I look?

The tool that will help you find articles on your topic is a database. The library subscribes to many databases, and these are the ones I recommended starting with:

Using the Advanced Search feature in a database allows you to use more than one keyword(search term) in order to get more relevant search results. Here's an example of a search in Academic Search Premier:


  • Use multiple, relevant search terms, typing one term per box
  • Limit to "Full Text"
  • You may slide the publication date bar for dates you want