Welcome to the English 085 LibGuide! This will serve as your launch pad to research and will help you get started with your upcoming argumentative paper. Each tab is dedicated to a different topic with suggested books, articles, etc.
For general help and background information, consult this page ("Library Research" tab). Check out the links, videos, and tips below for tutorials.
Feel free to reach out to a librarian at any point in your research process. We'd love to help. Happy searching!
Video tutorials: In Context: Opposing Viewpoints & Academic Search Complete
Background information can be useful to gain familiarity with your topic. Check out the library's encyclopedias for basic information and overviews. These are also sometimes known as "reference books" or belonging to the "reference section."
These library databases contain sources for many current, controversial topics - articles from magazines, newspapers and academic journals, as well as opinion essays. The opinion pieces present particular viewpoints about controversial topics. These databases are also a great place to start if you are looking for a topic. Browse the available topics in the database and find something that interests you.
To find articles, use the library databases on the Library website. Academic Search Complete and Academic OneFile Select are two multi-subject databases that can be a good place to start. Follow these steps for finding articles:
Contemporary Issues Books
At the Sugar Grove, Aurora Downtown, and Aurora Fox Valley campus libraries, look at the Contemporary Issues section. Browsing the titles on the shelf may give you some ideas.