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Current Issues

A guide for researching current issues and controversial topics in the news and public debate, with emphasis on writing argumentative essays about these topics.

Doing research on current issues

Use this guide to help you find where to look for information about current and controversial issues. This guide also features hints and tips for using research sources when writing persuasive or argumentative essays about current and controversial issues.

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The Research Process

Identify your information need & Get to know what you need to know...

There are two main parts of getting to know your information need:

  • Understand your end goal (what is your professor asking of you? what is required to successfully complete the assignment?)
  • Identify your topic and primary research concepts (what are you going to write about? what are important related concepts, people, and events? what other language can be used to express similar ideas?) 

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This guide was originally created by...

Katherine Becvar
It has been significantly revised in 2015 by Stephanie Roach.