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This guide will help you gather sources for your Researched Argument paper.

For your paper, you need to support your claims using at least four high quality secondary sources and a primary source. You can gather many of your secondary sources by using this guide.

Secondary sources for this assignment include:

  • books
  • peer-reviewed journal articles
  • in-depth articles from periodicals such as The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, Atlantic Monthly, National Review, and The Nation
  • high quality Internet sources (Google Scholar, Google Books,
  • reliable general interest websites (, 

Books & Media from Other Libraries - WorldCat

WorldCatWorldCat is a library catalog that lists over 1.5 billion books, media and other materials from over 70,000 libraries worldwide.

Many of these items you can have sent to you here at UWGB for free.

As you search, click on the red Find It button and sign in to request the book/library item. We will e-mail you when your item(s) get delivered to UWGB for pick-up. 


Google Books

Search Google Books to find relevant materials on the topic you are researching. Many of the books will only give a "limited preview." Use the UWGB Cofrin Library catalog or WorldCat to locate a full copy of the books you are interested in.


Books & Media @ UWGB - Cofrin Library Catalog

From Cofrin Library, you have access to around 200,000 books, media & other materials. Search here to find books & media owned by Cofrin Library. Remember that there may not be books & media on all specific topics.

Catalog Quick Search:
Find Words In:

Search@UW - one search for books, articles, and more

Search@UW - Using one search, you can discover books from the UW libraries and UWGB, plus articles, and more. 

Searching for Articles - Using the Library Databases

Search the library's databases below to gather articles on your topic. For a full list of databases, go to the Databases by Subject page.

Links to Periodicals (Magazines & Newspapers)

Try searching for articles on your topic from the following periodicals (magazines & newspapers):


Library Tip: Find-It Button

Library Tip: When searching in a database, if you do not see a link to the copy of an article, click on the Find-It button. This will search our resources to locate an online copy.

If no online copy is available, you will be directed to our interlibrary loan page where you can place a request for the article.


Different Categories of Articles

Is my article from a scholarly (peer-reviewed) journal, a trade publication, magazine, or newspaper? This handout explains:


What are Scholarly Sources?

Scholarly (or academic) sources include peer-reviewed journal articles and books published by academic presses. This video explains:


Evaluating Information

This guide has tips on evaluating information:

Google Scholar

Google Scholar searches for academic articles and books. Keep in mind, Google Scholar will not always provide free access to the information you are seeking. Ask the library if you need help.

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