COMM 2373 - Introduction to Debate

This guide is designed to assist users in finding materials to assist in debate research at the University of Arkansas

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Welcome to COMM 2373 Introduction to Debate

Welcome to the research guide for COMM 2373.Use the menu on the left to access pages of content to direct your research. If you need more assistance, please Ask Us using the contact information below.

Beginning Your Research

Your research begins with understanding your debate resolution and performing an environmental scan to determine current policy. For example, this year's college debate topic is:

Resolved: the United States Federal Government should substantially reduce restrictions on and/or substantially increase financial incentives for energy production in the United States of one or more of the following: coal, crude oil, natural gas, nuclear power, solar power, wind power.

Your environmental scan would answer the following questions. What are the current restrictions and incentives are available for energy production? What are the effects of the current policies? Do energy policies appear to effect the methods of energy production? What are the current rates of energy production ?

Use government websites, CQ Researcher and books to get background on your topic.

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