Persuasive speeches/papers are a common assignment. It’s always good when students can stretch beyond the perennial favorites (like abortion and the death penalty) and find something that reflects current events. We recently refreshed our debate books section. Take a scan through and look for topics. Or check out our last list.
Most of these titles are in our Debate collection. (Learn a little bit more about how to use the Debate Collection). In Cedar Rapids these titles NOW check out, but can also be used in the library and can be photocopied. The books in the Opposing Viewpoints series below can be found by the individual chapter as Viewpoints within our Opposing Viewpoints database. Also find subjects with pro/con debates in CQ Researcher.
The rest of the titles are in our circulating collection on the second floor, but are on popular topics. If there is a topic you’d like to see information on that isn’t covered, please let us know.
The Age of Addiction: How Bad Habits Became Big Business by David T. Courtwright, Call Number: 616.852 C866a
Beyond These Walls: Rethinking Crime and Punishment in the United States by Tony Platt, Call Number: 364.973 P719b
Death in Mud Lick: A Coal Country Fight Against the Drug Companies That Delivered the Opioid Epidemic by Eric Eyre, Call Number: 362.293
Free Speech and Censorship: Examining the Facts by H.L. Pohlman, Call Number: DEBATE 342.73 P748f
OD: Naloxone and the Politics of Overdose by Nancy D. Campbell, Call Number: 362.293 C189o
The Opioid Crisis: At Issue, Edited by Sabine Cherenfant, Call Number: DEBATE 362.293 O619
Political Corruption: At Issue, Edited by Eileen Lucas, Call Number: DEBATE 364.132 P769
Sexual Harassment: Contemporary Word Issues by Merril D. Smith, Call Number: 305.42 S655s
A Social Media Survival Guide by Melody Karle, Call Number: 302.302 K185s
The War on the EPA: America’s Endangered Environmental Protections by William M. Alley and Rosemarie Alley, Call Number: 363.705 A435w
Will AI Replace Us?: A Primer for the 21st Century by Shelly Fan, Call Number: 303.483 F199w