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Pro/Con Resources

A guide to pro/con resources for academic research

After you have explored your pro/con topic and narrowed your focus, your professor may require you to locate and use scholarly, peer-reviewed evidence to support your argument.

To find scholarly, peer-reviewed evidence to support your argument use the search box on the main library website or choose a recommended database. To limit your results to scholarly articlesuse the limit results options on the left side of the screen

Using keywords to search for articles will provide you with best results.  Here are some recommended keyword searches to try as you begin searching. Enter your keyword search in the search box on the main library website.
  • point counterpoint your topic here (example: point counterpoint organized crime)
  • your topic here pro con (example: marijuana legalization pro con)

Using Google and Google Scholar to Find Scholarly Articles

The Snow College library databases provides links to open-access journal articles for you, but, if you don't find what you need in the library databases, you can also use Google to find academic articles. 

 Keep in mind that internet browsers, like Google, don't filter results like databases, so, you will have to determine on your own if the article is academic and meets the requirements for your assignment.  If you aren't sure, be sure to ask your professor or a librarian if your article is academic, scholarly and peer-reviewed.

To find scholarly articles using Google, enter your keywords in the google search box below and add - academic, scholarly articles - to the end of your keyword search statement to see what scholarly articles are available on your topic. (example: driving high and legalizing drugs scholarly articles)  

To find scholarly articles using Google Scholar, enter your keywords in the Google Scholar search box below to see what scholarly articles are available on your topic. (example: violent video games and adolescent development)  

 STOP - DON'T PAY

If a website requires you to pay to access an academic article - STOP - don't pay - instead request the article using the Snow College Library Interlibrary Loan service.  It is FREE!
Google Web Search
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