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English for Academic Purposes: Debates

This guide provides quick access to quality resources relevant to English for Academic Purposes.

Database: Opposing Viewpoints in Context

A well prepared debate is balanced, nuanced and well researched. The strongest debaters research the topic beyond the basics of pro and con. This tool is a great starting point, but ensure you look at other databases under the Find Articles tab to go deeper. You can also consult with your campus library staff.

Debate Topic Websites

Debates websites can also be a good starting point for your research. Remember to extend you searching to other credible sources such as journals, books and videos. Check in with Library Services staff if you need help!

Debate Topic Video

Short overview showing the basic structure of a formal debate.

Lamer, D. (2015, March 17). Introduction to the debate [Video]. Retrieved from

Debate Topics Book Series

Opposing Viewpoints is a book series on current issues to help learners explore the varying opinions in a balanced pros/cons debate. These can be a starting point for students as they research and prepare their debates.

Search the Opposing Viewpoints series here or check out some of the titles below.