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1. Use Reference Sources to jumpstart your research, to get ideas, search terms, context, and more.
Selected Searchworks Subject Terms
Just a few books to get started
Key databases and other resources
Note: Stanford subscribes to over 1000 databases that index articles and books on various topics. Since there are so many databases we recommend a select subset of databases which will give you access to articles in a wide variety of subject areas. The following are some databases that focus on environmental topics.
The following are some reference sources that you can use to find background information on your topic as well as other references.
Find Both Sides of an Issue (Opposing Viewpoints)
There are several solid resources that can help you find both sides of an issue. Here are some places to go to find background data and references for more information used in debating many topics:
- Debatabase books (2009 and 2003 respectively)
- Opposing Viewpoints (limits to those in Green, mostly in the Information Center (IC))
- National debate topic for high schools: Each year the NFHS Speech, Debate & Theatre Association selects a subject focusing on current public policy debates of the day. These topics are then compiled by the Librarian of Congress. These compilations offer great pro&con resources on a wide variety of topics. They are published as Senate documents in the United States Serial Set pursuant to 44 U.S. CODE SECTION 1333.
There are several ways to access these publications. You can search in searchworks for title "national debate topic for high schools." You can also search in the subscription database Proquest Congressional Publications for "national debate topic for high schools" for online access.
Searchworks and many other databases you will use allow you to get a simple citation by using a "CiteThis" feature or gather more information by using a Send to/Export feature to send records to bibliographic management tools such as Refworks or EndNote. You can also use resources such as Zotero or Mendeley to gather information including citations. For more on these, see the guide to Bibliography Management.