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English -- Writing Argument and Analysis Papers

Find Articles

Use the Research Guide list to find databases and resources in a particular area of study.

Use the A-Z list of databases to sort by subject or to go directly to a database you know.

Salina Journal: Use Newsbank and limit your search to the Salina Journal.

Paper copies are available for the last week in the library newspaper rack. Ask at the circulation desk for paper copies going back 3 months.

Local websites:

City of Salina: Read the minutes from commission meetings, look at the crime report, etc.

KSAL: Local radio station

City of Salina official website

Salina Chamber of Commerce Economic Development Division (includes demographic info)

Information from U. S. Census Bureau about Saline County--Use the search box to find Salina, Kansas and it will return a comparative column on the page.

Find Topics

Don't know what to write about?

1. Browse a database (see above for the databases that specialize in issues)
2. Talk it over with friends or a tutor in the Student Success Center.
3. Read the "trade" publications in your major or fields of interests: Psychotherapy Networker, Science Daily, Education Week, The Crime Report

Focus your topic:

1. Create a strong research question or an arguable position. Make sure your argument is something that reasonable people can rationally and logically deliberate about. Make sure there is evidence gathered by experts to support the issue. Samples: How do athletes support themselves emotionally when they face plateaus in training? Why will more money spent on road construction help a local economy? More samples at the OWL at Purdue: Developing Strong Thesis Statements

2. Narrow the topic to specific situations, specific groups of people, and/or particular solutions to the problem. Draw a mind map to help you consider a range of possibilities: Bubbl

3. Write informally about what you know and don't know on the topic. Writing it down will help you articulate the problem.

Find Books at Memorial Library

Use the library catalog to find books available at

Books on Issues and Hot Topics -- available in the library