Computer Research

Written by Samuel Wong
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Before the days of computer research, finding information for a report or a debate required detective skills found only in Sherlock Holmes stories. Sure, you would start your research using the outdated computer at the library, but then you would have to spend time finding exactly where the book was in the shelves, not to mention the extra time it would take to track down a book that was re-shelved in the wrong place. And you were out of luck if the exact source you were looking for was at another library or already checked out!

Computer research is steadily replacing trips to the library as the way by which people gather information for virtually any topic. Not only is information from the computer available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, information from the computer is limited only by your imagination. Most times, information found through computer research is more current than what can be found at your local library.

Computer Research for Debates

Using the computer for research gives you access to archived reports, news articles, journals, and scientific reports. With the advancement of computer technology, we now have access to information in other languages. With the computer at your fingertips, you can now read and understand the article about living conditions in third world countries written by the people who actually live there, rather than relying on the point of view of an "embedded" journalist.

An easy way to gather information for a debate topic is by conducting computer research. On the Internet, everyone with an opinion has equal access to sharing his or her thoughts and viewpoints. A major benefit to finding information on the computer is that you can find opinions on the same topic, but filtered through different points of view. This proves especially helpful when preparing for rebuttals and building a strategy for your debate.


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