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WR 222: Everything's an Argument (English Composition)

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This guide is created by Anne-Marie Deitering and licensed by Oregon State University Library under a Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial 3.0 United States License.  You may reproduce any part of it for noncommercial purposes as long as credit is included. I encourage you to license your derivative works under Creative Commons as well to encourage sharing and reuse of educational materials.

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This page was designed to help you find and explore conversations about current events and current topics. Most of these modules will point you to resources written for general audiences, or to conversations happening about current events.  There are also resources to help you evaluate sources and the claims they make.

Lexis Nexis

To find editorials and opinions in Lexis-Nexis:

  1. Click Search by Content Type and choose All News.
  2. Open up the Advanced Options menu.
  3. Enter your search terms and choose the Editorials and Opinions ticky box.

Political Blog Aggregators

Browsing

This is a short list of just a few of the social news media sites available.  Most of these include blogs, comments, pointers to news articles and analysis.  In other words, they provide a combination of opinion writing and more traditional journalism:

Note:  the comment threads on these posts are user-generated.  The quality of the comments range from inane to insightful.  Language, etc. is usually not moderated.

Talking Points Memo

RedState

Huffington Post

PJ Media

Fact-checking sites

Visualization tools

On the web -

Try Newsmap - a visual browsing "skin" on top of Google News data.

Muckety - "exploring the paths of power and influence"

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