DEBATE RESOURCES: These are FREE sources to help students in debates, speeches, persuasive essays or projects dealing with controversial topics and social issues.


**Points of View Reference Center** from INFOhio - With thousands of articles, transcripts, and primary source documents supporting all sides of hundreds of controversial issues, POV is an essential tool in teaching middle and high school students argumentation and critical thinking.
(You may need a username and password for home usage- please ask you teacher or contact the Media Center at the High School for a card with the info)

High school teachers, contact Pam Hopkins if you would like help getting your students started.

Here is a brief video showing how to use this great resource:




Other resources:
(Also see the Resources for Research page)
  • Balanced Politics tries to provide a non-partisan discussion of controversial topics.
  • CreateDebate- Popular Debates, Active Debates, New Debates--something for everyone here!
  • DebateGraph- an award-winning, web-platform for visualizing and sharing networks of thought!
  • Debatewise.com- find a debate and read both sides of the issue--or add your own opinion.
  • idebate is an Online Debate Topic Database. It presents arguments, background summaries, links to relevant websites, and resources on 550+ debate topics. Written by expert debaters, judges, and coaches. Searchable database, alphabetic index of topics, and topics listed by theme.
  • Intelligence Squared - from NPR - Top thinkers debate today's most important issues
  • International Public Library -- Social Sciences -- Social Issues and Social Welfare
  • Persuasion Map - Map out your argument for your persuasive essay or debate. (Thanks Ms. Shuja!)
  • ProCon.Org--presents the pros and cons of issues- another very good site
  • St. Ambrose University - Hot Topics - A selection of guides on popular topics with authoritative sources to help students gather excellent information for their papers and projects.
  • STATS: We Check out the Numbers Behind the News This non-partisan, non-profit site takes major issues and news stories and analyzes them solely from a quantitative and scientific perspective. Hot topics found in the news and society such as alcoholism, obesity, global warming and addiction are covered in detail and debunk particular claims or stereotypes through hard data. The site also offers a page where statistical terms and particular data tools are described. This website is a helpful resource for anyone writing argumentative papers, preparing for a debate, or wanting to learn more about statistical analysis.