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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.

Finding statistics

Strategies for Finding Statistics

  1. Many statistics are gathered by government agencies (for example, the U.S. Department of Energy) or large organizations (for example, The American Cancer Society.) 
  2. However, you can also find good statistics within books or journal, magazine or newspaper articles
  3. When you find statistics, check the source of the data.  In other words, does the book, article or website list where the statistics came from?  Do they come from a reputable or well-known source? Also take note of the date. How old is the information? If not, attempt to find statistics from a more trustworthy source.

A Google trick for finding statistics: Google (or whatever domain you want to search) to locate only government stats.

Google search for stats