If you are doing a position paper or speech on a "pro & con" issue, this guide should help you! In order to make your position clear, you will need information to support it, and information to defend yourself from the opposing arguments. This information will come from many sources: books; chapters in books; articles in journals, magazines, and newspapers; statistical findings reported in articles, government reports, or Reference sources; public opinion polls; and promotional information resources from major national associations supporting one side or the other of the issue.
Use the Library Catalog to search for books on your topic. Use the Subject / Keyword approach to find a book on your topic, and then look at the book's subject headings on the result display. Click on the exact Library of Congress subject heading that matches your topic to find more books on this exact topic in the Library.
Books in Series -- If you find a recent book on your topic in one of the series listed below, you will have an excellent start on your research. Each of the links below will take you to that part of our online Library Catalog where the individual titles in these series can be viewed and searched.
ARTICLES IN REFERENCE SOURCES
ARTICLES IN PERIODICALS
Electronic Journals or Magazines
Following the steps below to find these periodicals in electronic format:
- Click on "Journals by title" link from the Library Web home page
- Enter your journal or magazine title
- From the journal search result page, click on a database name that covers the journal or magazine you are looking for.
Please note that you make sure to select a database that covers the time period you need
- Once you are in a database, click on a link usually named "Search within this publication"
- Enter your search terms in the search boxes
- Click on Search button
Print Journals or Magazines
STATISTICS AND OPINION POLLS
Statistics and the results from opinion polls can be used to add weight or give credence to a position.
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