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Databases for Persuasive Speech
Opposing Viewpoints in Context
This database is an excellent place to begin one's research on any current event or controversial topic. Opposing Viewpoints includes opinion pieces (i.e. viewpoint essays), magazine, newspaper and journal articles, entries from reference works (such as encyclopedias and dictionaries), statistics, images, scholarly websites, plus much more.
This award-winning database is the online equivalent of the weekly publication of the same name. It is an excellent place to look for impartial and extensive reporting on controversial and complex issues. This database is a great resource to use especially for speech and debate classes. CQ Researcher provides full-text access to reports from Oct. 1991 to the present.
This webpage provides news stories from multiple sources giving the reader a clearer picture of media bias.
Pros & Cons of Controversial Issues
This website provides both pro. and con. arguments on many issues including health, politics, and sex & gender to name a few.