Search Tips from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign:
- Avoid using the terms pro and con in your search, unless the issue frequently uses pro- or con- to identify supporters of the position (i.e. pro-life or pro-choice).
- Read the abstracts, when available, as these will provide you with a brief summary of the writer's viewpoint.
- Finding resources that support a given position might require a familiarity with the discourse surrounding the issue.
- As you become more familiar with the arguments for both sides, reconsider your search terms and keywords.
- Remember that pro/con stakeholders may be arguing or emphasizing very different points.
- An article that supports one side of an issue might contain valuable information about the other; don't rule out an article simply because it's not written from "your side".