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Argumentative Essay

In an argumentative essay, the writer takes a stand, or position, on a topic that can be debated.  In other words, a topic that is a "hot issue" that people often disagree over.  In this essay you will:

  • Present a thesis that demonstrates a specific position about the topic you've chosen.
  • Through the essay, you will present evidence supporting the thesis and your stance on the issue.
  • Be sure to address the perspectives of other viewpoints that don't necessarily agree with your stance.
  • Include the historical context of the issue
  • Provide an overview of the various debates and people involved or affected
  • use 4-6 credible sources of at least 2 different formats (books, articles, websites, etc.)

Getting Started

This library research guide will help you:

  • find books and articles
  • use the most helpful databases for the topics of these essays
  • find good sources for your paper
  • cite your sources in MLA format
Use the blue tabs on top to navigate, explore the recommended tools, and try the search strategies.  If you have any questions, click on the Getting HELP! tab or email me:  
  • Laurie Shuster -


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