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Persuasive Essay- CA 10: Book Resources

Why start with a book?

Printed books are a good starting place for your project. Use a book as a guide to help you gain background knowledge about your topic and discover related sub-topics.  

Books are written by experts and evaluated by librarians, who have found them credible and trustworthy to use in your research. You can find many different choices in the non-fiction and reference sections of the library.

Your internet and database research will be easier if you know basic information about your topic.

How to Evaluate Information

Information comes from lots of different sources. 

  • Encyclopedias
  • Books
  • Magazines
  • Newspapers
  • Databases and sites on the internet

Every source has its own way of presenting information. Some information is reliable and factual. Some is guesswork and opinion. And some isn't useful at all. The trick is to know the difference.

When you're doing research for a report, you want to make sure that your sources are good. How do you decide which are good and which are not? Here are some questions to help you evaluate the sources:

  • Is this source reliable? Does it contain facts, or opinions?
  • Is this source complete? Does it say all there is to say about my topic?
  • Is this source up-to-date? Was it written recently, or a long time ago?

Information taken from Opposing Viewpoints tip sheet.

Available in the Library

Stop by the library and see Mrs. Gorski.  There are many books available on a variety of topics and she is there to assist you!

Book Selections

Book Selections