Writing Persuasive Papers
Writing a persuasive paper or speech requires having facts to back up your arguments and using persuasive techniques to convey those facts in order to convince others to support your point of view.
Learning to keep track of how you search and what works when you are searching is crucial to conducting good research. Consider using this basic search log to keep track of what works and what doesn't.
To gather information to support your arguments, consider using the following sources:
Search the library online catalog, Follett Destiny.
Use keywords, not sentences.
For example, search for death penalty, NOT how many innocent people die from the death penalty each year?
There are also eBooks on a variety of topics available through the catalog.
Using subscription databases gives you access to content from books, magazines, newspapers, original content, etc. that may not be freely available on the Internet.
Be sure to join the EAHS Library Google Classroom to get access to Passwords.
Good choices for persuasive papers are
Topic Browse or enter a broad topic. 40 pages devoted to one issue. An online periodical.
Locate Top Ten Issues in the lower right corner and then More Issues to see the full list. Contains periodicals, websites, government documents, original content, etc.
Original content that examines current issues, presenting information from various points of view.
Browse all topics or check out the maps. Use keywords to search. Contains periodicals, original content, etc.
Select Social Science and then click on Social Issues in America. You can browse the table of contents or use the Tools to search within the book. An online book.
You can also search your topic for all of the ebooks in the GVRL.
Scholarly articles on a variety of topics. From various sources.
A database of books, articles, and media on topics that look at history on a global scale.
When searching websites, evaluate for
Currency (When was it written?)
Relevance (How does this answer your questions?)
Authority (Who wrote it?)
Accuracy (How well do they know what they are talking about and how do they know it)
Point of View/Purpose (What is their point of view, bias? What are their reasons for sharing this information?)
Some good choices for getting either an overview of your topic or pro/con arguments are listed below.
Check with your teacher before using. These are websites that act as free databases for information on controversial issues.
Put together by the International Debate Education Association.
Designed to research timely issues for you, their full-time job is to research all sides of an issue.
The NY Times invites experts to debate a topic.
PBS Documentaries by topic
Facing History Units, readings, videos on issues relating to prejudice and discrimination.
Search for topics. Most likely to get access directly if there is a link to the RIGHT of the hit. If not, you may need to search Academic OneFile or General OneFile or any of the other databases. Links here will usually be to journals.