Debate Research

Written by Samuel Wong
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A debater's second home is most likely the Internet, where the majority of debate research takes place. Conducting debate research is one of the first steps in formulating an effective argument and strategy. Effective debate research not only involves gathering as much information as possible to support your side of the argument, but gathering as much information as possible that supports your opponent's side of the argument, so that you can effectively invalidate your opponent's argument.

The first step in debate research is collecting factual information about your topic. From these facts, you will be able to formulate and find opinions to support your side of the discussion. The majority of factual information can be found in reference books in the library, and in news articles and scientific journals, widely available on the Internet. Once you have the facts taken care of, you can move on to the opinions, which formulate your whole argument.

Defeat Your Opponent With Debate Research

Debate research involves large amounts of reading and analyzing opinionated works. Reading through multiple editorials written about the same subject will provides you with a spectrum of opinions. Somewhere within that range you will find the basis of your argument. An added benefit of reading a range of opinionated pieces is that you will also be able to find your opponent's stand on the same topic.

By researching both ends of the "opinion spectrum," you will be able to formulate and execute an effective argument. When you know what your opponent is going to say, you have the ability to counter each and every one of his arguments, leaving you with the stronger case and higher likelihood of victory.

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