Debate Resources Online


Subscription Databases:

Start with the databases!!! Go to the high school's main page. Then under the For Students drop-down, select Williams Library to get to the library wiki. On the left you see an alphabetical list of links - click on Databases.
Try the Issues & Controversies database. You can also try the American History, Today's Science, or the World & I databases as well as the World Almanac depending on your topic.
To log in - username: watertownhs, password: (see Mrs. Lewis for the password, but here's a hint...think of the school's mascot)

Websites:

Google is great for quickly finding answers to general questions, but not all information turned up in a Google search is credible. Below is a list of websites with credible information to help you prepare for your debate.

DebateGraph.com - http://debategraph.org/home
“A debate visualization tool that allows users to visualize how different political issues shape, and are shaped by, each other.”

DebateWise.com - http://www.debatewise.com/
“Created for people who like making informed decisions; presents both sides of many controversial issues.”

Finding Dulcinea - http://www.findingdulcinea.com/news.topic__ss_categories_ss_top-stories.html
The “Beyond the Headlines” feature allows users to search to find pro/con information on a variety of topics.

Infotopia’s Social Issues Page - http://www.infotopia.info/social_science_issues.html
Links to fifteen sites with information on social issues, political issues, and “hot topics.”

OpposingViews.com - http://www.opposingviews.com/
“Helps you uncover all sides of the issues you care about most; experts go head-to-head on real-life concerns, debating news and events.”

ProCon.org – www.procon.org
Unbiased information on a number of controversial topics.

Sweet Search – www.sweetsearch.com
A search engine similar to Google, but filtered to generate more credible information.

Another good option is www.researchitct.org, the State of Connecticut’s public library site.On the main page of iCONN, click on the “high school” link in the left-hand column. ResearchItCT.org will find articles from scholarly journals, magazines, newspapers, and more. You can print what you find, email it to yourself, save it to your Z drive or a flash drive, or download it to an mp3 player.