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A guide for your Documented Argument and Persuasion essay

Your Research Strategy

1. Choose a controversial topic.

  • Our databases can help!
  • Email useful articles to yourself.

2. Explore ways to focus your topic. 

  • Use MegaSearch. Search your main topic, then experiment with different focus concepts.
  • Look at concepts that focus your topic into a question.
  • Articulate your answer to a controversial question. This is your THESIS.

3. Find sources that make arguments AGAINST your thesis.

  • Email these to yourself.

4. Find credible sources to support your argument and to rebut opposing views.

  • Email these full text sources to yourself, along with automatic MLA citations.




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