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COM ARTS 262: Theory and Practice of Argumentation and Debate (Fall 2019) : Background Information

Databases for Background Information

You may need to find background and contextual information.  Books, especially subject encyclopedias, and some non-scholarly databases like CQ Researcher and Opposing Viewpoints can provide such information as well as sample propositions or arguments on policy issues.  These non-scholarly databases are good for finding out more about your issue and understanding the different sides.   However, these databases will not provide the bulk of your sources.

Library Catalog

Search the Library Catalog to find online and print encyclopedias or dictionaries.  In your search, combine the word encyclopedia with a keyword for a topic (e.g., Buddhism, religion, etc.).
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Example: Background Information Source

McCann, Michael, ed. Oxford Handbook of American Sports Law. New York, NY: Oxford University Press, 2018. Print.