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Argumentative Essay Research Tutorial

About the Tutorial

The Argumentative Essay Tutorial was designed to assist students in learning the concepts and skills needed to complete argumentative essay writing assignments. After completing the tutorial, students will be able to:

  • Determine what types of sources are needed for an assignment based on the assignment instructions
  • Identify characteristics of scholarly and general audience sources
  • Find scholarly and general audience sources by using Monarch OneSearch and CQ  Researcher
  • Evaluate sources based on relevancy to information need and credibility

The tutorial is housed in a Blackboard Organization titled "ODU Libraries' Tutorials & Support for English Composition Courses." It uses an interactive software that includes activities, quizzing, stand alone content, and videos. It takes 20-30 minutes to complete.

This tutorial includes audio and closed-captioned.


At the end of the tutorial, students will reach a screen that shows their tutorial score. After selecting "Print Results," they will be prompted to type in their name. They will then receive a page that they can save, screenshot, or printed. If you require students to submit, you can have them print and turn in their paper or submit via Blackboard using an Assignment link.


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tutorial score page