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ENGL 1301 - Argumentative/Persuasive Research: Selecting A Topic

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Here are some current topics in the news that might give you an idea for your paper.

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This guide covers 130 categories, with each topic keyed to level of difficulty, availability of research material, and possibilities for variation.  Two copies are available at the second floor reserve desk.

Finding a Topic


Ideas for interesting Argumentative/Persuasive paper topics are everywhere!  You can find them in the news, online and of course in the library.  One of the best places to being looking is our Points of View database.  From there you can browse through a list of current controversial topics, or search for one on your own.


Another Great place to look is the front page of your favorite newspaper. These topics are very current and often people have many different opinions on these issues.  In other words, they are perfect starting points for an argumentative paper.  You can go to the website of your favorite newspaper, or you can browse hundreds of newspapers through the library's America's Newspapers database.


These websites are collections of controversial and current topics.  A great place to begin browsing for ideas!