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.
|proponents||opposed OR opponents OR opposition|
|advocates||critics OR criticism|
|support OR supporters||resistance OR resistors|
|sponsors||damage OR costs OR burden|
|positive OR "positive effects"||negative OR "negative effects"|
Here's an example of a search you might use in ProQuest if you were having trouble finding articles opposed to beauty contests:
Here are a few magazines (all available through our periodical databases) and think tanks that consistently promote traditional conservative or liberal views.
Reports in the CQ Researcher database include a pro/con section. Two authors will debate one small question related to the larger topic.
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.
Here are some web sites that might help with controversial issues:
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