The Library has many of the books in a series called Opposing Viewpoints. A larger issue (such as Censorship) is broken down into questions ("Should the right to free speech be restricted"?) with authors writing on both sides of each question. Ask a librarian or use the library catalog (see image below) to find these.
"Opposing Viewpoints" is a series of books published by Greenhaven Press that compile essays from multiple viewpoints, or perspectives, on a central issue or topic. Perfect starting points for argument papers!
News and issues from multiple perspectives. The site clearly identifies each news story's position (left, center, or right). You can also browse publications and narrow down to specific perspectives (liberal/left to conservative/right).
Finding both sides
Finding both sides of an argument
Sometimes it is difficult to find both sides of an argument. Here are some tips to use when you are searching databases. Try adding (usually one at a time, or separated by "OR") the words or phrases listed below. Some will be more useful than others depending on your topic. Try to imagine how authors might discuss the concept you are researching.
opposed OR opponents OR opposition
critics OR criticism
support OR supporters
resistance OR resistors
damage OR costs OR burden
positive OR "positive effects"
negative OR "negative effects"
Also consider using these more neutral phrases that may lead you to pro/con arguments:
"psychological aspects" or "psychological effects"
"sociological aspects" or "sociological effects"
Search example using pro/con keywords in a library database:
Here's an example of a search you might use in ProQuest if you were having trouble finding articles opposed to beauty contests
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Useful websites for controversial topics
Here are some web sites that might help with controversial issues
A site focused on "promoting critical thinking, education, and informed citizenship by presenting controversial issues in a straightforward, nonpartisan, and primarily pro-con format." A significant feature of this web site is the provision of links to the documents cited in the arguments.
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