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Controversial Topics: Getting Started

Research sources and tips for researching controversial topics for a persuasive essay.

Getting started on your Controversial Topic research


Encyclopedia articles are a great way to gather background information as you begin your research.

Once you have a good encyclopedia article, use the tabs across the top of the guide to find books, articles, and web pages in this subject area. The Cite Your Sources tab will help you to properly cite the resources you find.

As always, if your research is taking too long or you have questions use the Ask Us button on the right hand side of this page to contact your Librarians for further assistance.


Find encyclopedia articles online




  • A great place to look for background information
  • Preferred over Wikipedia articles by your instructors
  • Comes with properly formatted citations for your bibliography!

Find background information with encyclopedia articles from CREDO

Mind Maps from Credo Reference, on top right-hand side give you a quick overview of a topic and can link you to even more high-quality resources.

Find background information in print encyclopedias

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