USEFUL WEB SITES FOR ARGUMENT AND PERSUASION
(Compiled by William Peirce. Updated January 2005)
Hotlinks to these and other resources: Ask Dr. Dictionary, English Dictionary, Roget’s Thesaurus, Strunk’s Elements of Style, Bartlett’s Familiar Quotations, and grammar, usage, and style.
Martindale's: The Reference Desk
Award-winning Web site contains links to thousands of reference resources; more efficient for some searches than using web search engines.
My Virtual Reference Desk
My Virtual Reference Desk: encyclopedias, newspapers, dictionaries, fact sources.
The Virtual Library
"The VL is the oldest catalog of the web, started by Tim Berners-Lee, the creator of the web itself. . . . The VL pages are widely recognised as being amongst the highest-quality guides to particular sections of the web."
Voice of the Shuttle: General Humanities and Social Science Resources Page
A very comprehensive guide to searching the World Wide Web for information in the humanities.
Social Sciences Information Gateway
Social Sciences Virtual Library
RESEARCH SITES FOR PUBLIC POLICY ISSUES
Websites for many argumentative essay topics.
Public Agenda Online
"The inside source for public opinion and policy analysis. Our guides offer a nonpartisan briefing on policy and polling."
Articles on both sides of public policy issues. Click on Issues and Legislation at the top, then on Issues Organizations on the dropdown menu.
U. S. State and Local Government Gateway
Links to a huge number of sources, including links to federal agencies, state, and local governments.
Federal Web Locator
Searchable list of Web sites of federal agencies, including the House and Senate
Library of Congress
Public Broadcasting Service
National Public Radio
Ecola Newsstand Searchable Newspaper Archives
A directory with links to newspapers on the web that allow back-issue searches.
The New York Times
Click on "Archive" to search back issues.
Click on "Archives" to search back issues.
WRITING RESOURCES AND ONLINE WRITING LABS (OWLs)
Dave's ESL Cafe
Designed by Dave Sperling; offers many resources for ESL/EFL students and teachers.
Online Writing Lab at Purdue University
Online Writery at University of
Common Errors in English
Arts and Humanities Resources (Yahoo)
Stephen’s Guide to Logical Fallacies
Mission: Critical [interactive tutorials teach critical thinking] (
Philadelphia Association for Critical Thinking
An organization dedicated to the debunking of astrology, alien invasions, psychics, recovered memory, crystal healing, and similar notions. Provides links to other organizations of skeptics.
Critical Thinking Books and Software
Bookstore that sells instructional materials primarily to K-12 educators and parents.
GUIDANCE FOR WEB SEARCHERS
"Finding Information on the Internet: A Tutorial"
Excellent introduction to Web searching basics; materials come from the University of California, Berkeley Teaching Library's Internet Workshops series.
Evaluation Techniques of Internet Resources
List of websites and various materials that teach how to evaluate web pages.
Checklist for evaluating Internet resources is at the University of Maryland University College library at
"Search Engine Showdown"
by Greg Notess. Summarizes, reviews, and compares the search features and database scope of Web search engines and finding aids.
"Search Engine Reviews Chart"
Compares how search engines have scored in various reviews. Published on Danny Sullivan's "Search Engine Watch" Web site, which contains links to other search engine resources at http://searchenginewatch.com/
CITING INTERNET SOURCES
The website of The Bedford Handbook has excellent material in Diana
Hacker’s Research and Documentation in the Electronic Age (a
supplement to The Bedford Handbook) at http://www.bedfordstmartins.com/hacker/resdoc/
To Peirce Faculty page at PGCC