Sources for a Persuasive Essay

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You will want to review a variety of sources to write a good persuasive essay. A research paper focuses on academic sources, but with a persuasive essay, you can use a broader array of sources to help influence your readers. For example, to appeal to a logical audience, you will want to use academic sources. To appeal to people’s emotions,
you may want to find a story or personal experience that moves your audience to action.

You could also look for an opinion piece in a newspaper or magazine that has the same opinion as you do.

Where do I find sources?

Academic search engines. Many schools and libraries subscribe to academic search engines such as EBSCO or Academic Search Premiere or InfoTrac. These search engines filter results so you can be sure they qualify as academic sources.

Googlescholar.com. This search engine, available to anyone, also filters results so you only get academic sources. Not every source listed is available online.

Library. Print sources from your school or public library that you can’t get online are available here. Asking a librarian for help is a great resource.

Internet search. Using a regular search engine such as Google or Yahoo can turn up good sources for examples and stories to help make your point. You can also look at website for newspapers and magazines.

Works Cited Page

The last page of your essay should be a works cited page. The page should be double-spaced with the title (Worked Cited) centered. Each entry should be alphabetized. The author’s last name comes first.

Here is an example of a Works Cited page:

There are many different types of publications and variations in how they need to be listed. Some of the most basic types of sources are listed below:

Book: Author. Title. City: Publisher, Year of publication. Medium. Gleick, James. Making a New Science. New York: Penguin, 1987. Print.

Article in a Reference Book: “Title of the article.” Title of Book. Edition. Year. Medium. “Ideology.” The American Heritage Dictionary. 3rd ed. 1997. Print.

Article in a Magazine: Author. “Title.” Magazine Day Month Year: Year. Pages. Medium. Buchman, Dana. “A Special Education.” Good Housekeeping Mar. 2006: 143-48. Print.

Article in a Scholarly Journal: Author. “Title.” Journal Title Volume.Issue (Year): pages. Medium.

Duvall, John N. “The (Super)Marketplace of Images: Television as Unmediated Mediation in DeLillo’s White Noise.” Arizona Quarterly 50.3 (1994): 127-53. Print.

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