WRITING FOUNDATIONS:

THE PERSUASIVE ESSAY

IDEAS

STEP 1 create a logical argument to persuade people that your idea or position is more reasonable or sound than another one. Try to write things in a way that gets people to believe your idea, or take action.

STEP 2 persuade your audience by appealing to reason or emotion, and most importantly by stating facts, evidence, and examples from research, case histories, and testimony or quotes from experts, legal cases, scientific experiments, or people with first hand knowledge.

LIBRARY RESOURCES

EBSCO for background information, books, scholarly secondary sources, news, videos.

PROQUEST HISTORICAL NEWSPAPERS for primary source articles from the archives of The New York Times, Wall Street Journal, and Chicago Tribune--trust me, you'll hit a paywall on the web.

WEBSITES

ALL SIDES to see how a current issue is written from the left, the right, and center. Consider the ISSUES section for guided topic areas.

REMINDERS

REMEMBER: Doing research at home? You will need to log into the database. Refer to the username and password here.

REMEMBER: You need to cite your sources in Chicago style. Here are the citation managers we have available.

SEARCH TIPS

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quotes around a search term keeps terms together; search engine won't search for each term separately (ex. "vegetarian diet")

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tilda's before search terms search for like terms (ex. ~vegetarian diet will search for vegetarian, vegetarians, vegetarianism, veggie diet, and beyond...)