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Introduction to College Writing Argumentative Essay Research

Use this guide to help gather and understand information you'll need to write an essay on your chosen conspiracy theory.

Credo Reference -- gather background information

Credo Reference is a great place to start your research. It collects information from dictionaries and encyclopedias, which helps you gather the key facts about your topic. These are the first pieces of your research puzzle. 

Look for (and take notes on!)

  • Definitions, key concepts, related terms
  • Names of important people and places
  • Key dates and events
  • Thoughts and ideas you may have as you read

Useful tools in Credo Reference:

  • Basic and Advanced Search Boxes
  • Mind Map
  • Key Concept Buttons
  • Related Search Terms

Don't have a topic? Use Credo Reference for browsing possible topics.

The topic page below is a good place to start if you're still looking for a topic. Use the mind map, related topics, and related articles pages to get some ideas and gather background information. You can also start your searching right in this page. 

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