Skip to Main Content
It looks like you're using Internet Explorer 11 or older. This website works best with modern browsers such as the latest versions of Chrome, Firefox, Safari, and Edge. If you continue with this browser, you may see unexpected results.
Polk State College is committed to equal access/equal opportunity in its programs, activities, and employment. For additional information, visit polk.edu/equity.
The following websites can help you decide on a persuasive research paper topic:
Your topic must be arguable.
- For example, no one is going to argue that human trafficking is a good thing.
Pick a topic that is interesting to you.
- You will be doing a lot of research into this topic. It will go more smoothly if you are interested in the topic.
Avoid topics that have been over done.
- Such as gun control, abortion, marijuana, etc. Also check with your professor for other topics that might not be allowed.
Do some preliminary or background research on your topic.
- This will allow you to familiarize yourself with the issues within the topic before you start writing.
Get started with a quick search of the library catalog and multiple databases.
Opposing Viewpoints in Context The premier online resource covering todays hottest social issues, from capital punishment to immigration, to marijuana. This cross-curricular research tool supports science, social studies, current events, and language arts classes. Its informed differing views present each side of an issue, allowing you to draw your own valid conclusions.
Opposing Viewpoints has a 'Browse Issues' feature which will show you today's hottest topics. Includes full-text viewpoint articles, statistics, and articles from academic journals, newspapers and other reference sources.
CQ Researcher Plus Archive Provides award winning in-depth coverage of the most important issues of the day. Reports are written by experienced journalists, footnoted and professionally fact-checked. Full-length articles include an overview, historical background, chronology, pro/con feature, plus resources for additional research.
CQ Researcher also has a 'Browse Topics' function. You can also view the most popular subjects in the 'Hot Topics' column on the right side of the page. This database provides award-winning in-depth coverage of the most important issues of the day. Reports are written by experienced journalists, footnoted, and professionally fact-checked. Full-length articles include an overview, historical background, chronology, pro/con feature, plus resources for additional research.
Academic Search Complete Academic Search Complete, designed specifically for academic institutions, is the world's most valuable and comprehensive scholarly, multi-disciplinary full-text database, with more than 5,300 full-text periodicals, including 4,400 peer-reviewed journals. In addition to full text, this database offers indexing and abstracts for more than 9,300 journals and a total of 10,900 publications including monographs, reports, conference proceedings, etc. The database features PDF content going back as far as 1865, with the majority of full text titles in native (searchable) PDF format.
Academic Search Complete is a general library database. It does not focus specifically on controversial topics but it is a good place to start your research.