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:
Ideal library search for sources providing views on opposing sides for controversial issues.
From the Library Home page, click on the Articles & Databases tab.
Letter O takes you to a list of databases starting with O. Locate Opposing Viewpoints in Context and click on the title.
You are now in the database!
Example topic page in Opposing Viewpoints.
Get a reference for a source in Opposing Viewpoints.