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Where can I find a topic to write about for a rhetorical analysis essay?

It has to be someone else's work that I am analyzing, and something current.
Last Updated: Oct 21, 2014  |  5596 Views

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It is always best to write about a topic that interests you or is related to your future career goals.  In addition, many instructors like to assign specific things to look for or specific types of sources, such as advertisements, editorials, etc.  Off-campus, you will need the 14-digit library number from your Baker ID or Contact Information page in SOLAR.

  • A great database for topics for the rhetorical analysis assignment is Opposing Viewpoints.  Here, you can browse their topics or type in your own search.  From the results, you can browse the Viewpoint Essays for an article to analyze.  The date will be clearly marked, so you can choose something current.  In addition, you can find more information about the topic by using some of the other article types (such as Reference).
  • For specific types of sources, use an InfoTrac database such as Academic OneFile.  Use the Advanced Search, where you can limit by Document Type.  Again, the date will be clearly marked on the article.

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