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Researching Controversial Issues - Osceola Campus: Print Sources

A guide to researching controversial issues for the argument essay in Comp I and Speech classes at the Osceola Campus

Finding Books

There are two ways to search for books at the Valencia College Libraries:

1) Log into your Atlas account by clicking the icon below, and click the "Search the Library" link in the lower right corner of the "Courses" tab

2) Visit the library catalog without logging in by clicking the box below


There are benefits to accessing the catalog through Atlas. You will be able to hold or request books online, so they are available when you visit a campus library. However, the link below will grant you access to the catalog in the event of an Atlas outage.

Books in the Speech Collection

The Osceola Library has a special collection of books on controversial issues that will help you with your argument essay. You can either go to the "Speech" section in the low book shelves near the computers in the library, or you can use the book catalog (link is above) to browse or search for your topic.

To see the books that are in the Speech section, you can do an advanced search in the book catalog. Then, change the "Keyword" search box to "Call #", and type the word "SPEECH". Then, make sure your "Material Type" is set to books, and "Within" is set to Osceola. Clicking search will show you only those books in the speech section.



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