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PRST 220-Analytical and Critical Reasoning: Home

An examination of components of good arguments, different types of arguments, common ways that arguments can go wrong, and techniques for criticizing and constructing arguments. Basic reasoning skills necessary for recognizing and analyzing argumentation

Basic Search Tips

General Helpful Database Characteristics: full text, advanced search field, peer reviewed, image search, subject limiters/expanders, times cited, saving options, alerts, citation options, date limits, thesaurus, educational level, visual search

Boolean Searching Use “and” to combine terms together,  “or” to find one term, the other term or both, “not” to exclude terms. Other operators are bound searches (“state legislation”), wildcard searches (ne?t), truncated searches (educat*), proximity searches near (N5), within (W8). 

Keywords. Think of variations of your terms, including synonyms and historical terms. Use a thesaurus. Think in terms of "caveman talk." This means not speaking as you would naturally (which works in Google), but like a caveman, with emphasis on the nouns.

Example: Meat good.

For your Class: What does this mean? Start to form a thesis, like Is it ethical to eat meat? Keywords: vegan, omnivore, ethic*, vegetarian, animal rights...

you get the point?!


Current Events

For Current Education News:

LexisNexis offers transcripts of broadcasts.

CQ Researcher is a great source for controversial topics, or for Pro/Con viewpoints.

Other Resources

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