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Persuasion & Multiple Views

Most college writing is persuasive in nature, and as part of the rules of persuasion (sometimes called argumentation), writers need to be aware of the multiple views related to topics.  While the key to persuasion is to have one central idea (i.e., thesis), good writers  still address and refute arguments that persuade in a direction opposite of the central idea (i.e., counter-argument, rebuttal).

In the database, Opposing Viewpoints*,  writers can find news and information showing the depth of the topic at hand, choose the content to help them create their thesis, and see the alternative views that will help them better argue their case. 

To the right are hundreds of topics, students can find in the Opposing Viewpoints database, simply by clicking on the Issues tab.  With each issue, Opposing Viewpoints provides news, journals, reference material, primary sources, and websites containing a broad range of information on their issue -- all in one place.

*The Borrower ID and PIN for entry to all SPC Library databases is your student number and the last four digits of your SSN respectively. 

Research Paper Topics from Opposing Viewpoints
01.    9/11 Attacks
02.    Abortion
03.    Abortion: Late-Term/Partial-Birth
04.    Abortion: Parental Consent
05.    Activism
06.    Addiction
07.    Adoption
08.    Advertising
09.    Affirmative Action
10.    Afghan War
11.    Agricultural Subsidies
12.    Agriculture Industry
13.    AIDS
14.    Air Pollution
15.    Airport Security
16.    Al Qaeda
17.    Alcohol and Tobacco Advertising
18.    Alcoholism
19.    Alternative Medicine
20.    Alzheimer's Disease
21.    American Housing Collapse
22.    America's Global Influence New!
23.    Amnesty
24.    Animal Experimentation
25.    Animal Rights
26.    Antibiotics
27.    Arab-Israeli Conflict
28.    Arms Trade
29.    Artificial Intelligence
30.    Assisted Suicide
31.    Atheism
32.    Athletes and Sports
33.    Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD)
34.    Autism
35.    Banking Crisis
36.    Bilingual Education
37.    Bioethics
38.    Bioterrorism
39.    Birth control
40.    Body Image
41.    Body Piercing and Tattooing
42.    Book Banning
43.    BP Oil Spill
44.    Bullying
45.    Campaign Finance Reform
46.    Cancer
47.    Capital Punishment
48.    Capitalism
49.    Carbon Offsets
50.    Censorship
51.    Central Intelligence Agency
52.    Chemical Dependency New!
53.    Child Abuse
54.    Child Labor
55.    Child Welfare
56.    Childhood Obesity
57.    Children of Divorced Parents
58.    China
59.    Church and State
60.    Civil Rights
61.    Cloning
62.    Coal
63.    Concealed Weapons
64.    Conspiracy Theories
65.    Consumer Debt
66.    Consumerism
67.    Corporate Corruption New!
68.    Cosmetic Surgery
69.    Creationism
70.    Crime
71.    Cuba
72.    Cults
73.    Cyberbullying
74.    Cybercrime
75.    Democracy
76.    Developing Nations
77.    Divorce
78.    DNA Technology and Crime
79.    Domestic Terrorism
80.    Domestic Violence
81.    Doomsday Scenarios
82.    Drinking (Alcoholic Beverages)
83.    Drug Abuse
84.    Drug Legalization
85.    Drug Trafficking
86.    Drugs and Athletes
87.    Drunk Driving
88.    E-Waste New!
89.    Eating Disorders
90.    Education
91.    Egyptian Revolution
92.    Elderly Issues
93.    Electronic Voting
94.    Emigration and Immigration
95.    Employment
96.    Endangered Species
97.    Energy Crisis
98.    Environmentalism
99.    Espionage and Intelligence
100.    Evolution
101.    Executive Compensation
102.    Extremism
103.    Federal Budget Deficit
104.    Federal Bureau of Investigation
105.    Feminism
106.    Flu Pandemics
107.    Food Safety
108.    For-Profit Education
109.    Free Trade
110.    Freedom of Speech
111.    Gambling
112.    Gangs
113.    Gay Parents
114.    Gays in the Military
115.    Genetic Disorders
116.    Genetic Engineering
117.    Genetically Modified Food
118.    Genocide
119.    Global Warming
120.    Globalization
121.    Government Bailouts of Private Industry
122.    Green Cities
123.    Ground Zero Mosque
124.    Gun Control
125.    Guns and Violence
126.    Hate Crimes
127.    Health Care Issues
128.    Health Insurance
129.    Homelessness
130.    Homeschooling
131.    Homosexuality
132.    Human Rights
133.    Human Trafficking
134.    Hunting
135.    Identity Theft
136.    Illegal Immigrants
137.    India
138.    Insurance Companies
139.    International Adoption
140.    Internet
141.    Interracial Adoption
142.    Interracial Marriage
143.    Iran
144.    Iranian Green Movement
145.    Iraq
146.    Iraq Wars
147.    Islamic Fundamentalism
148.    Israel
149.    Japan
150.    Judicial Activism
151.    Junk Food
152.    Juvenile Drug Abuse
153.    Juvenile Offenders
154.    Labor Unions
155.    Latin America
156.    Local Food Movement
157.    Marijuana
158.    Mass Media
159.    Media Bias
160.    Media Violence
161.    Medical Care
162.    Medical Ethics
163.    Medical Marijuana
164.    Medicare
165.    Mental Disorders
166.    Mental Health
167.    Mexico
168.    Middle Class
169.    Middle East
170.    Middle East Peace Process
171.    Military Deployment
172.    Minimum Wage
173.    Mobile Phones
174.    Monopolies
175.    Muslim Women
176.    National Security
177.    Native American Casinos
178.    Natural Disasters
179.    North Korea
180.    Nuclear Energy
181.    Nuclear Safety
182.    Nuclear Weapons
183.    Nutrition
184.    Obesity
185.    Occupy Movement
186.    Oceans
187.    Offshore Drilling
188.    Online Education
189.    Online Gambling
190.    Online Music Trading
191.    Online Pornography
192.    Online Social Networks
193.    Organ Transplantation
194.    Organic Food
195.    Outsourcing
196.    Pacifism
197.    Pakistan
198.    Paranormal Phenomena
199.    Patriot Act 2001
200.    Patriotism New!
201.    Peer Pressure
202.    Pharmaceutical Industry
203.    Political Corruption
204.    Pollution
205.    Popular Culture
206.    Population Growth
207.    Pornography
208.    Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)
209.    Poverty
210.    Prescription Drugs
211.    Presidential Election Process
212.    Prisons
213.    Privacy
214.    Prostitution
215.    Race Relations
216.    Racism
217.    Rap (Music)
218.    Rape
219.    Rebuilding the World Trade Center Site
220.    Recycling
221.    Religious Issues
222.    Renewable Energy
223.    Reproductive Technology
224.    Right of Privacy
225.    Right to Bear Arms
226.    Same-Sex Marriage
227.    School Funding
228.    School Reform
229.    School Uniforms
230.    School Violence
231.    Seat Belts
232.    Sex Education
233.    Sexting
234.    Sexually Transmitted Diseases
235.    Slavery Reparations
236.    Smoking
237.    Social Justice
238.    Social Security
239.    Socialism
240.    South Korea
241.    Space Exploration
242.    Special Education and Learning Disabilities
243.    Standardized Testing
244.    Stem Cells
245.    Street Teens
246.    Student Loans
247.    Student Rights
248.    Suicide
249.    Supreme Court
250.    Sweatshops
251.    Taliban
252.    The Tea Party Movement
253.    Technology and Society
254.    Teenage Pregnancy
255.    Teenage Sexual Behavior
256.    Television
257.    Terminal Care
258.    Terrorism
259.    Texting While Driving
260.    Title IX
261.    Torture
262.    U.S. Armed Forces
263.    Underage Drinking
264.    Unemployment
265.    United Nations
266.    United States Foreign Relations
267.    Urban America
268.    US Economy
269.    Vaccines
270.    Vegetarianism
271.    Video Games
272.    Wall Street
273.    War Crimes
274.    Water Pollution
275.    Weapons of Mass Destruction
276.    Welfare Reform
277.    White-Collar Crime
278.    WikiLeaks
279.    Women's Rights
280.    Working Women
281.    World Trade Organization
282.    Zero Tolerance Policies