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Guide to finding pro/con arguments

Why use pro or con arguments?

Analyzing pro and con arguments forces readers to confront multiple points of view. This enables readers to consider more facets of an issue and to develop a better understanding of the issue.

When to use pro/con arguments.

Pro or Con arguments often deal with current, controversial topics. As you begin to search for information keep in mind the dates when your topic was of particular interest. You are most likely to get the best results in your search for topics of national, rather than local or regional, interest.

General search tips:

Sources for Pro/Con arguments

Books

Many books compile materials that support either or both positions of a given issue. Examples include the titles in these series:

Many books in the Undergraduate Library and UIUC Online Collection include pro/con information. To name a few:

Electronic databases

To enter the databases:

Explore some of the following recommended databases to find pro/con research:

CQ Researcher

Academic Search Complete (EBSCOHost)

LexisNexis Academic

Business Source Complete (under Business)

JSTOR (under History)

Other Online Pro/con sources

You may be tempted to rely solely on websites for pro/con arguments. While there is certainly no lack of opinions available online, you'll still need to consider the author's profession, political alignment, and obvious biases.

Before you begin, check out the Undergraduate Library's Guide to Evaluating Internet Sources for tips.

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