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English 1102: Argumentative Essays

'This guide will help you find and use resources related to English 1102, specifically literary criticism, classic literature, and writing skills

What is a argumentative essay?

"The argumentative essay is a genre of writing that requires the student to investigate a topic, collect, generate, and evaluate evidence, and establish a position on the topic in a concise manner."

"Detailed research allows the student to learn about the topic and to understand different points of view regarding the topic so that s/he may choose a position and support it with the evidence collected during research. Regardless of the amount or type of research involved, argumentative essays must establish a clear thesis and follow sound reasoning."

--For more information visit the Purdue OWL page on Argumentative Essays

Facts on File Database

issues and controversies online database


Issues and Controversies explores more than 800 hot topics in business, politics, government, education, and popular culture. This database is great for research papers and debate prep. It provides recent, relevant information on various viewpoints of controversial topics.

Note: You must either be on campus or have a log in to access this resource.  Contact a librarian for log in information.

Opposing Viewpoint Books

Useful Books for Argumentative Papers

 Search the Library Online Catalog for a book on your topic.  Books from the Opposing Viewpoint series offer various perspectives on controversial issues.

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