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SOC120-Current Social Problems-West Campus: Researching Social Problems

Library Tutorial 4: Using Research Databases


An argument or persuasive essay allows you to investigate a topic that is open to discussion and debate

1. Collect, generate, and evaluate evidence

2. Establish a position on the topic

3. Use your most convincing evidence to support your position

Gale Virtual Reference Library

1. Identify Your Topic

Here are some places to EXPLORE "hot" topics or conversations--

(To connect from off-campus, enter your MyPima Username and Password.)

2. Collect Academic Research

Use these databases to collect reliable, credible BACKGROUND INFORMATION about your topic

3. Collect Recent News

Use these databases to find specific EXAMPLES of how your topic impacts people in the real world.