While doing research for this paper, you're going to focus on one database: Opposing Viewpoints in Context. This database has a whole section devoted to the issue of slavery reparations. Within this section, you'll find many different kinds of resources representing positions both for and against reparations.
That link will bring you to a page that provides lists of different types of sources that all address the issue of reparations. You can also use the "search within results" box to search for something more specific about reparations. For example, you might try searching "laws" if you want to investigate existing or proposed laws that deal with reparations. Click on the title of a resource to access it. Once you've done so, you can use the "cite" button at the top of the page to generate an automatic citation for that resource to add to your works cited page.
Broadening Your Search
If you want to do research outside of Opposing Viewpoints in Context, you can use the library search box (pictured above) on the home page of the library website. Using the tabs on this box, you can choose what kind of resources you're searching for. If you use the "Everything" tab, you can also use the filters on the left side of the search results page to narrow down your search by source type, publication date, and more.
Let's Talk About Keywords
When doing searches, remember to think carefully about the keywords you're putting in the search box. Don't include little words like "to," "from," "for," "in," etc. Instead, use the most meaningful words that get at the core of what you're trying to find. For example, if you're looking for information to answer the question, "Why do people oppose reparations for slavery?" you probably won't get good results by entering this whole question into the search box. Instead, try something like, "slavery reparations opposition".
Also remember that your first search may not give you what you're looking for. It's likely that you'll need to think about other keywords that may be used to mean the same thing as what you originally searched for. For example, you could try replacing the word "opposition" with "disapproval" or "criticism". You'll almost definitely have to try a few different searches before you find a useful source!
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