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How to Research for a Debate Using Library Resources: Defining the Terms of Your Debate
Recommended resources for researching a debate topic
Defining the Terms of Your Debate Is Crucial to Winning a Case
Debates tend to work best when both sides have a clear understanding of all terms in the resolution. If your definitions are questioned, or you don't agree with your opponents definitions, you should defend your position with authoritative reference sources. Many debates focus on the words explicitly stated in the resolution. However, understanding philosophical theories behind various abstract concepts, such as "justice," "freedom" and "fairness," is crucial to winning a debate. Below you will find reference sources with authoritative definitions and introductory guides to popular debate subjects. For systematic study of debate vocabulary, read a number of introductory guides on this page.
The following titles in the Very Short Introductions provide essential background knowledge for all debaters:
Economics, Democracy, Free Speech, Criminal Justice, American Immigration, American Political Parties and Elections, Education, Ethics, BRICCS, International Security, Kant, Marx, International Migration, Political Philosophy, Objectivity, Poverty, US Supreme Court, Socialism, Utilitarianism
Offering in- depth scholarly explorations of subjects useful to the debaters, this collection features titles such as Oxford Handbook of Political Institutions and Oxford Handbook of Energy Politics, Oxford Handbook of Global Health Politics, Oxford Handbook of Ethical Theory, Oxford Handbook for Public Choice, Oxford Handbook of Practical Ethics, Oxford Handbook of the Economics of Poverty, and Oxford Handbook of Responsibility to Protect
Contains the complete text of the 20-volume Oxford English Dictionary, 2nd edition. The following information is provided for each word: etymology, definition, part of speech, date of origination, pronunciation, quotation, and cross-references.
Credo provides students with definitions from multiple scholarly sources, overview pages, and a unique visual map of related concepts. Search results can be easily sorted by multiple criteria, such as date and length. Credo Reference contains several titles from the Big Ideas SImply Explained series. Don't forget to watch visual mini tutorials, packed with useful research tips.
Credo is a vast, online reference library, providing access to the full text of hundreds of highly regarded and popular titles. And Credo brings the facts alive with images, sound files, animations, and much more. Find speedy, simple answers and authoritative, in-depth articles.Credo Reference contains dictionaries, bilingual dictionaries, thesauri, encyclopaedias, quotations and atlases, plus a wide range or subject-specific titles covering everything from accounting to zoology, via maps, math, management, martial arts, media studies, medicine, mountains, moons, music, multimedia, mythology.
The following reference works in Oxford Reference Online are particularly useful for finding definitions commonly used in all forms of debate: Concise Oxford Dictionary of Politics and International Relations, Oxford Companion to American Politics, Oxford Dictionary of Philosophy, Continuum Encyclopedia of British Philosophy
Want to figure out the difference between Utopianism and Utilitarianism ?
Since 1967, the Encyclopedia of Philosophy, described by Booklist as the best and most comprehensive English-language reference source for philosophy, has been the cornerstone of the philosophy reference shelf. Lauded for its clear and accessible presentation of wide-ranging philosophical subjects, the Encyclopedia has earned its place as a first-stop resource for general readers, students and educators.
Ethics 101 offers an exciting look into the history of moral principles that dictate human behavior. Unlike traditional textbooks that overwhelm, this easy-to-read guide presents the key concepts of ethics in fun, straightforward lessons and exercises featuring only the most important facts, theories, and ideas.
Discover the world's greatest thinkers and their groundbreaking notions! Too often, textbooks turn the noteworthy theories, principles, and figures of philosophy into tedious discourse that even Plato would reject. Philosophy 101 cuts out the boring details and exhausting philosophical methodology, and instead, gives you a lesson in philosophy that keeps you engaged as you explore the fascinating history of human thought and inquisition.
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Need an alternative primer to subject ? Try Beginners Guide Series
Should we aim to maximize happiness? Are there characteristics that we should foster within ourselves? Why is it important to act morally? From the ancient Greeks to Sartre, from utilitarianism to the categorical imperative, Ethics: A Beginner's Guide presents this vital topic of philosophy via its most influential thinkers and theories.
Markets, models, mechanisms and monopolies... most of us understand that economics is important, but what exactly is it - and what do economists do? In this fresh and engaging introduction, Oxford University's James Forder skilfully presents the key concepts crucial to mastering the subject.
World acclaimed scientist Vaclav Smil reveals everything there is to know about nature's most sought-after resource. Without oil, there would be no globalisation, no plastic, little transport, and a global political landscape that few would recognise. It is the lifeblood of the modern world, and humanity's dependence upon it looks set to continue for decades to come.
Covering the conflict from its nineteenth-century origins to the latest developments of the twenty-first century, this book explains the key events, examines the core issues, and presents the competing claims and narratives of both sides.
While the current political climate seems to suggest that extreme views are becoming more popular, McCarty also argues that, contrary to popular belief, the 2016 election was a natural outgrowth of 40 years of polarized politics, rather than a significant break with the past.