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Search Strategies and Resources for the Debate Assignment
Last Updated: Apr 12, 2015 URL: Print Guide RSS Updates

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Types of Sources & What They are Good For

For the debate, you are encouraged to use a variety of sources. Here is what particular types of sources are good for:

- Books

Books are good for finding information about a subject more generally. So search for topics like "international law," "Just War," or "unmanned drones" rather than "ISIS." 

- Journal Articles

Journal articles are good for finding recent information about a subject generally and about the causes and consequences of a specific event. Try searching for broad topics, as above for books, and also for specific situations, as outlined in your debate topics.

- Newspapers & News Magazines

Newspapers and News magazines are good for finding information from the time of an event. If you have a topic that was in the news at a particular time, try searching during the period the topic became prominent (e.g. December 2013- March 2014 "NATO Ukraine") to get reporting and opinions from that time.

- Online Resources, i.e. blog posts, podcasts, editorials

Online resources are good for finding opinions about a particular question, and even for finding two sides debating a question. Try using phrases from your debate question in Google, and look for .org or .edu sites for opinions or debates or look for .gov sites for government policy. Here are some tips for searching Google more effectively.


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