Online Research for Argumentative Essay Topics

Ms. Gunther provided a list of potential topics for your argumentative essay. The following online resources will help you to support your position with credible information - that is, information that is from trustworthy sources.

INFOhio Resources

INFOhio provides Ohio residents with free access to research databases and other reliable digital content. It is an excellent place to start your research. The list below contains some of the best INFOhio resources for your essay topics.

I-Search allows users to search through almost all of INFOhio's databases with just one search. It is also possible to narrow your search results by choosing the reading level and type of results that you want by using the limiters at the top and the left of the page.
Points of View Reference Center
Points of View Reference Center is specifically designed for persuasive/argumentative research. Users get an overview of a controversial topic and then a variety of articles showcasing different points of view about that topic. There are often related links provided, as well.

Explora is a large database of magazine and newspaper articles covering a wide variety of subjects, primary source documents, images, maps, and other useful content. The home page provides links to articles covering current issues of today.
Consumer Health Complete
Consumer Health Complete provides up-to-date medical and health information on many topics. If you are researching something health-related, take a look at this resource!
World Book Advanced
World Book Advanced is a digital encyclopedia of information on a wide variety of topics. In addition to encyclopedia articles, you can find additional Web links, images, videos, current events, timelines, and more. It is a great place for general information about your topic.

Additional Websites

The following websites will also provide you with reliable information.

Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics
This is the official website for nutrition professionals (formerly the American Dietetic Association). There is a wealth of information about nutrition and health for all populations.
Governor's Highway Safety Association (GHSA)
Great information about important issues surrounding highway safety including drug & alcohol impairment, teen drivers, mature drivers, motorcycles, and more.
National Conference of State Legislatures (NCSL): Tattooing and Body Piercing State Laws, Statutes, and Regulations
Explore state laws related to tattooing and body piercing. Explore the rest of the site for information on other legislative issues around the country.
Ohio Bureau of Motor Vehicles
The State of Ohio BMV website provides important information about driving licenses and related Ohio laws. is a nonprofit organization devoted to providing the pros and cons of numerous controversial issues. They outline where all of the presidential candidates stand on these issues, as well. is unaffiliated with any political party or interest group.

Selective Service System
This is the official site for the United States Selective Service. Explore for information about this history of the Selective Service, volunteering, as well as information for specific populations. Voting and Elections

This page on the website provides information and links to answer common questions about voting in the United States.