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Speech / Debates   Tags: debate, persuasion, rhetoric, speech  

Resources to provide "position overviews" and reliable facts to support your speech or debate position. Find a topic, timeline/history and pro/con arguments
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Locating Sources

Text and Animated tutorials to help you track down resources in Philosophy

Helpful Databases for Persuasive Speech

  • CQ Researcher Plus Archive
    Offers reports on timely topics, written by experts in the field. Helps for finding a topic, or offering research for a topic you have already chosen. Note especially the parts of each report entitled Pro/Con and Chronology.
  • Opposing Viewpoints in Context (Gale)
    Searching by topic defaults to Pro/Con research (frombook format). Also allows searching for keywords, and narrowing research to scholarly journals.
  • TED: Ideas worth spreading
    Founded in 1984 as a conference under the auspices of Technology, Entertainment, and Design. In video format the expert speakers are talking about a variety of subjects in 18 minutes or less

Incorporating resources

Links to tutorials on managing your research and citing your sources, in order to avoid unintentional plagiarism.

MLA (Modern Language Association)

Please note that MLA has a new 7th edition (2009).  Although the sites below offer helpful guidelines, please refer refer to the MLA guide (available at the Reference Desk) for most recent details. Please note that MLA has made access to web-based samples contingent upon buying their book.


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