Throughout the term, you will be engaging in various activities to help you build effective written communication skills. You will also be exploring ideas for your persuasive essay topic regarding a change in your community.
Keep in mind that an effective persuasive essay begins with a strong and arguable/debatable thesis statement. An arguable thesis avoids the "duh" reaction. For example, if your main idea is something generally agreed upon (e.g., schools should not tolerate bullying), then there is no need to persuade your audience with your argument.
The examples on this page are intended to demonstrate research strategies to find both the pros and cons of your thesis topic.
ProQuest Central is the largest single periodical resource available, bringing together complete databases across all major subject areas. The database includes thousands of full-text newspapers from around the world. ProQuest Central searches ALL ProQuest databases the Library subscribes to.
Now let's imagine that we have found sufficient information supporting the initial argument for the need to establish school-based anti-bullying programs. Our research should now focus on the proven benefits of such school based programs.
Based upon the initial search results retrieved in Gale Virtual Reference Library, we can develop other relevant keyword searches. For example:
You can also try expanding your search by using the search box on the EBSCO Discovery Service Search page of this research guide. This box will expand the resources beyond just ProQuest Central and include everything EBSCO and our other databases have to offer.
Based upon the search results retrieved in ProQuest Central, we can develop other relevant keyword searches. We can even combine search terms and phrases to target better results.
Be sure to Include the quotation marks as shown above because they tell the database to look for the words together as a phrase.
When browsing through the search results, be sure to pay attention to article titles and subject tags, These can help you develop additional keyword searches.
Other search ideas may include: