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Use this guide to write your Argumentative essay.
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Steps to Writing an Argumentative Essay

Step 1

There are many topics to choose for your argumentative essay.

Here are a few things to keep in mind when selecting a topic.

  • Pick a topic you feel strongly about

  • Your passion will improve your paper

If you already have a topic, proceed to step 2.


Step 2

Think about your position on a topic.

  • Why do you feel this way about your topic?

  • What kind of facts can you use to support your postion?

  • What kind of arguments can you make that would be convincing?

  • Reading others opinions can strengthen your own. Review the sources below.

Step 3

Look at the list of sources below. You might use an article, book, or website.

Find information from these sources that backs up your point of view. Keep track of the sources you use. You will have to list them in your paper.





Step 4

Download the APA template before you start writing.

Refresh yourself on APA style whenever you plan to cite a source.

Remember to include the author's name and year after a citation (Miller, 2011) and include the full reference in your reference list.

Use Citation Machine for your references.




Links below are EBSCO searches on these topics.


APA Style


Affirmative Action

Cell Phone Safety

Climate Change


Death Penalty

English as Official Language

Gays in the Military

Gun Control

Hate Crimes

Health Care Reform

Identity Theft

Illegal Aliens

Legalization of Prostitution

Medical Marijuana

Prayer in Schools

Prisons: Punishment or Rehabilitation

Same Sex Marriage

Single Gender Education

Stem Cell Research

Welfare Reform

Women in Combat

Galileo - You can find current articles about your topic in Galileo. Search in the subject or abstract field for your topic, e.g., Abortion, Same-sex marriage.

  • Be sure to select "Full Text" when searching in Galileo
  • Your assignment might require current articles. You can select a year before you perform a search. - This website was designed with your assignment in mind. This website lists argumentative essay topics and provides expert opinions on both sides of the topic.

SGTC Catalog - Search the library's catalog for physical books in the library and eBooks available through EBSCO.

Newspapers - The New York Times has a special topics section, which presents opposing viewpoints on many of the topics listed. You can also search the Library's list of online newspapers.

Google - You can search for other news articles by selecting the Google News tab or search Google Scholar, although full-text articles are not always available.

APA style requires citation.

You must cite references of where you get information in the text - (Miller, 2009) and in the reference list – Miller, James. (2009). Do not plagiarize. Journal of Integrity, 6, 1-10.

The APA section of this guide provides a video and handout on how to avoid plagiarism and how to cite properly in APA style.

The first step in writing an APA paper is to download the APA template.

Use Citation Machine and plug in information from your sources (Title, Website, Author, Date) into Citation Machine to create your reference list. If the article does not list an author, use the name of the website as the author. Copy and paste the full citations into the reference list, located on the last page of your paper.



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