This research guide will help you find and cite credible sources for your argument essays.
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Pro/con databases can help you choose and narrow down your topic by providing a list of issues that have two sides with overviews, arguments on both sides, and supporting information.
Books can be a key source of comprehensive information on a topic, offer ideas for narrowing the topic down, and are often written by an expert on that topic.
Journals are often referred to as "scholarly" or "peer reviewed" because they contain articles written by experts in a particular field. Other experts (peers) review the articles to decide what merits publication. Journal articles can be used to identify expert testimony and to quote someone who is highly qualified on your topic.