Ideas for Argumentative/Persuasive topics are everywhere! You can find them in the news, online and of course in the library.
The number one rule when it comes to selecting a topic is to pick something you are interested in, as you will be spending a vast amount of time researching it.
Concept maps can be drawn on paper, whiteboards, or made on a computer. Creating a concept map will help you visualize all the different angles and nuances that make up a larger topic.
Some online concept map tools:
Not interested in anything? One of the best places to look for topics is our Opposing Viewpoints in Context (Gale) database. Thru Opposing Viewpoints you can browse a list of current controversial topics or search for a general topic and get ideas on more specific topics.