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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: Mar 13, 2015  |  6927 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.  

  • If you need to find an advertisement or other visual, you can try searching for various products or topics in Google Image. (Ex: Cheerios or "animals and advertisements")
  • If you need to find an editorial, you can search news sources such as New York Times or Wall Street Journal. If you search Google News, be sure you are using a credible publication and not a person's "news blog".
  • If you are looking for an opinionated essay on a topic, Opposing Viewpoints is a good database to use. 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).

If you are using a Baker database, you may need the 14-digit library number from your Baker ID or Contact Information page in SOLAR.

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