Research Guide:Argumentative and Research Writing (E220 Vondracek)

Library Catalogs--find books & media


MnPALS Quick Fitz Library Catalog

Search for books and audio-visual materials located in the Fitzgerald Library. Check your account for Due dates & Renewals


Reference Universe

Provides access to all print & online reference materials in the Fitzgerald Library

You may search WorldCat to locate materials not in our library. Click on "full text button Find it at SMU" to order. For more information about how to obtain these items see our Interlibrary Loan page.

Databases & Indexes--find articles in journals & newspapers


Academic Search Premier

Search for your topic in 8,000 journals and magazines, many scholarly. Covers all academic subjects. Over 1,000 journals in the field of education. Good place to start. See all EBSCO databases

1975--current | Some full text | More info


CQ Researcher

Provides in-depth, unbiased reports on current issues. Coverage includes topics in health, social trends, criminal justice, international affairs, education, the environment, technology, and the economy. Each report features pro/con statements from representatives of opposing positions. CQ researcher is useful for term papers, debates, and speeches. Now includes PLUSArchive, with articles going back to 1923 for an historical component, and Global Researcher, bringing an international perspective. Offers 1000 reports on education topics.

1923--current | Full text


Educator's Reference Complete

Provides more than a 1000 academic journals, hundreds of full-text reports, and many reference sources for education students. Contains full text coverage of nearly half the titles indexed in ERIC.(from Gale's InfoTrac )

1980--current | Full text | More info



The Education Resource Information Center provides access to education literature and resources both in journals and ERIC documents. Contains more than 1,300,000 records and links to more than 317,000 full-text documents from ERIC back to 1966. Good place to find educational research. (from EBSCO)

Use the OCLC FirstSearch interface | Use the ERIC government interface

Limited availability of full text

1966--current | Some full text | More info


Professional Collection

From Gale's InfoTrac, provides access to over 300 full text journals for educators. To become familiar with what K-12 students are using in MN, look at the complete Gale list of databases which includes a variety of databases for primary and secondary students.

Full text | More info


Professional Development Collection

Designed for professional educators, provides a highly specialized collection of nearly 520 high quality education journals, including more than 350 peer-reviewed titles as well as more than 200 educational reports. Includes full text for Chronicle of Higher Education, Educational Leadership, Journal of Education, Journal of Higher Education, Journal of Learning Disabilities, and Theory Into Practice. (from EBSCO)

Some full text


ProQuest Education Journals

Offering complete information on hundreds of educational topics, this database covers almost 400 leading journals in the field. (from ProQuest)

1988--current | Full text



Provides access to scholarly journals. Our collection (Arts & Sciences 1) includes core journals in economics, history, political science, and sociology, as well as in other key fields in the humanities and social sciences. This collection also contains titles in ecology, mathematics, and statistics. Overall, there are 119 titles in fifteen disciplines.

1800s--current | Full text


ProQuest's Newspapers

Search for your topic in 500+ newspapers. Includes full text for the New York Times and the Wall Street Journal. All ProQuest Databases




Full text access to high-quality, scholarly journals in the areas of Religious Studies, Communication Studies, Education, Management & Organization Studies, Physical & Life Sciences, Nursing & Health Sciences, Political Science, Criminology, Sociology, Urban Studies & Planning, and Psychology.

1999--current | Some full text



Powered by Westlaw, a comprehensive collection of news, business, and law-related information sources. Provides hundreds of newspapers--national and international, magazines, news wires, trade journals, and company information.

Full text


Choose from all Fitzgerald Library indexes and databases


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Journals A-Z

Search an A-Z list of all journals, magazines, and newspapers in the Fitzgerald collection both online and in print. If we do not have the journal you need to access your article, you may order the article through interlibrary loan.


Research Help

Search tips (Boolean operators truncation/wildcards), citation examples, and more


Research Strategies PowerPoint



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Reference Books

21st Century Education. Sage, 2008.

R370.973 T97c| 2 vols.


Critical Thinking and Learning. Greenwood, 2004.

R370.152 C93


Dictionary of Multicultural Education. Oryx, 1997.

R370.117 D55


Encyclopedia of American Education. Facts on File, 2007.

R370.973 U57| 3 vols.


Encyclopedia of Bilingual Education. Sage, 2008.

R370.1175 E56 | 2 vols.


Encyclopedia of Education Law. Sage, 2008.

R344.73 E56| 2 vols.


Encyclopedia of Educational Psychology. Sage, 2008.

R370.1503 E56| 2 vols.


Encyclopedia of Educational Reform & Dissent. Sage, 2010.

R371.2 E56| 2 vols.


Philosophy of Education. Garland, 1996.

R37o.1 P56c


Praeger Handbook of Learning and the Brain. Praeger, 2006.

R370.1523 P89| 2 vols.


Praeger Handbook of Special Education. Praeger, 2007.

R371.9 P89| 2 vols.


Psychology of Classroom Learning. Gale, 2009.

R370.1523 P97| 2 vols.


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Recommended Web Sites for Controversial Issues


Best Information on the Net

From St. Ambrose University, this site provides "guides on popular topics with authoritative sources to help students gather excellent information for their papers and projects."


Ethics Updates

Links to sites that examine controversial issues from an ethical perspective, includes video conferencing.


Google Scholar 

Google Scholar provides a simple way to search for scholarly literature. When accessing this database through the link provided here you will find free connections to the pay for view materials that are located in our subscription sources.  Just click on "Find Full Text @SMU."

Some full text, some pay for view


Intelligence Squared Debates

Listen to reasoned debates on controversial issues and link to the supportive resources for each side. About


National Debate Tournament

Lists National Debate Tournament topics from 1946 to current. Get ideas for topics here.

"Is a nonpartisan, nonprofit, 501(c)(3) public benefit corporation whose purpose is to inform the public about controversial issues using facts, news, and hundreds of diverse opinions in a pro-con format."



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Government Web sites

Portal Sites

  • GPO Access
    GPO Access is a service of the U.S. Government Printing Office that provides free electronic access to a wealth of important information products produced by the Federal Government."
  • Statistical Abstracts Online
    The Statistical Abstract of the United States, published since 1878, is the authoritative and comprehensive summary of statistics on the social, political, and economic organization of the United States.
  • U.S. Census Bureau
    Provides "quality data about the nation's people and economy." Part of the U.S. Department of Commerce
    Official portal for government services and information.



  • Department of Education U.S.
  • Digest of Educational Statistics
    A compilation of statistical information covering the broad field of American education from pre kindergarten through graduate school. The Digest includes a selection of data from many sources, both government and private, and draws especially on the results of surveys and activities carried out by the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES).
  • ERIC 
    Sponsored by the U.S. Department of Education, ERIC "produces the world's premier database of journal and non-journal education literature.
  • Minnesota Department of Education

Health and Human Services

  • Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
    Web site for the public health agency known as the CDC that works to prevent and control infectious and chronic diseases, injuries, workplace hazards, disabilities, and environmental health threats including terrorism. Site provides access to research over a wide range of health and safety issues. The CDC is one of the components of the U.S. Health and Human Services Department, whose web site also provides good information on health issues, as well as information about services for children and families, Medicare and Medicaid, issues of aging, and much more.
  • FDA U.S. Food and Drug Administration
    Another part of the Health and Human Services Department, the FDA provides information on food and drug safety and includes materials on cosmetics and medical devices. Look for the Hot Topics list.
  • Household Products Database
    From the National Library of Medicine, information about the chemical ingredients in specific brands, health effects and toxicity data for products, and more.
  • Substance Use Data in Minnesota

    This Minnesota State Epidemiological Profile summarizes and characterizes consumption patterns and consequences related to the use of alcohol, tobacco and other drugs (ATOD) in Minnesota.


    "Presented by the Library of Congress, is the official website for U.S. federal legislative information."


    " is a search engine for government science information and research results. Currently in its fourth generation, provides search of more than 50 million pages of science information with just one query, and is a gateway to over 1,800 scientific Web sites.
  • U.S. Environmental Protection Agency



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