We subscribe to many databases or online indexes. Those we've listed below tend to focus on current events, controversial topics and commentary (opinion pieces) that may be hard to locate elsewhere. OpinionArchives provides the full text of opinion pieces and commentary from a dozen U.S. Publications, across the political spectrum. If you need pro/con statements from either side of an issue, this is the place to look.
What are they good for? These databases help you locate relevant articles in scholarly journals, magazines and newspapers. In many cases, the full text of the article is available right in the database. Be sure that you have all required elements including a works cited page, bibliography, or footnotes. Before turning it in, check that paper over at least three times. Back to top, tips: Stick to the topic of your paper. When you finish, you'll be surprised at what you've learned. But, start early; it may take more time than you realize. Steps: Decide on a topic. If it hasn't been assigned to you, try to think of something original. ProCon. Org is an independent site on the open web that summarizes viewpoints on a select number of controversial issues.
Reading your paper out loud or having a friend check it can help you find easy to miss mistakes. Back to top, warnings: Watch out for poor quality references. Most teachers frown upon quot;s from thrown-together personal websites (complete with corny music and mouse trailers) used as scholarly references.