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Tiverton High School Library: Argument MLA Research

Argument Essay Detective Activity

Argument Essay Database Detective Work!

For your assigned database/website, look around the site and work with your group to find these three elements:

  1. Three ways to search/find a topic on the database/site

  2. How to cite your source

  3. How to save the articles

  4.  How to find other sources WITHIN articles


Group 1:  Issues & Controversies

Group 2:  Points of View

Group 3:


MLA Formatting Help

Personal Interview Citation:

Personal interviews refer to those interviews that you conduct yourself. List the interview by the name of the interviewee. Include the descriptor Personal interview and the date of the interview.

Smith, Jane. Personal interview. 19 May 2014.

Media Bias Help


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Great Websites for Argumentative Research

Please note: when searching Google, articles from may show up as the first links. is basically a public opinion site with users voting and commenting on issues. It is not the best site for research! Start with one of the following databases or, in Google, scroll down the list of hits and look for news sites, educational sites, etc.

Don't forget to check out the articles' bibliographies. Lots of great CREDIBLE resources there. Most can be clicked on to directly reach the article or copy & paste article info into Google to find article!

Advanced Google Searching

Use Google "News" tab  OR

Site Search--  site:  source   topic


(example--  site:  new york times gun control debate)

Other keywords:  issue, controversy, argument, supporters, opponents

Other good sources: 
                                     usa today 
                                     washington post
boston globe