This research guide will help you locate information on researching controversial issues and writing persuasive essays. The goal of this kind of essay may be to change the reader's mind, to force a certain course of action, or to acknowledge your perspective (The Brief Penguin Handbook, with Exercises, 3rd ed., p. 84).
Persuasive essays may also be called argumentative essays or position arguments. In a successful essay, you:
You can read about argumentative essays online at the Purdue Online Writing Lab (OWL).
Generally, your research for a persuasive essay will involve one or more of the following:
Source: Anti-Vietnam war protest and demonstration in front of the White House in support of singer Eartha Kitt, c1968.
Courtesy of the Library of Congress.