Douglas Debate Web Resources
Recommended by David Kay, LaGrange High School.
Please email additional ideas to firstname.lastname@example.org
The first two resources are available to Louisiana students for free.
World Book Encyclopedia
The World Book is a
great easy to understand source of background information on philosophy,
philosophers, and the specific issues of many LD topics (law, government, euthanasia, capital
punishment, Constitution, free speech, etc.). It also includes the World Book Dictionary
(shouldn't need a
*Note: at school you can bookmark the World Book main
page, but at home you will have to bookmark the login page and type the password each time.
Infotrac for High School Students
This database contains millions of artic
les from hundreds of major magazines (not all, but many
of the magazines that you would like to use). Students should probably use the
, which also has the
Webster's Collegiate Dictionary.
You can also print articles for
extemp file and research your oratory topic
One excellent article for LD you can find here is "Values in America" by Phil Su
Feb 22, 1999. You can find it by clicking on
Student Resource Center
then click on
"advanced search" at the bottom right. Then in the first box type
leave the box to the right of that
one set on "Title/Headline." On the n
ext line type
in the empty box and change the box on the
right to "author." When you search you will see the article "Values in America."
Other web sites:
The Louisiana Library Connection
Anyone with a library card from a Louisiana public li
can access this resource, which includes the EBSCO magazine database (possibly better than Infotrak)
and Facts.Com (great for current events). It also gives you another way to access Infotrak and the World
. You must have your library card number with you.
A web site maintained by a former debater (now college student) that contains discussion
boards, debate cases on the current and past deba
te topics, and theory articles (particularly about
Douglas Value Debate: A How
by Isaac Gottesman
A basic guide written by a high school coach who has run
summer workshops at the University of
National Forensic League Rostrum Articles
The Debate Central web site has archived many past
articles from the NFL magazine. The index page can be found at
. Two of the better LD articles are below.
"Selected Philosophy Topics that Arise Frequently
David M. Shapiro,
Rostrum, March, 1998. Includes discussion of social contract, utilitarianism, categorical imperative, and
"Seeking Clarity Through the Fog: On the Use of Valyes & Criteria in LD Debate."
Balentine and Minh A. Luong, Rosrum, January, 1999.
A commercial site that sells evidence and how
to books, it also has some free articles
LD Debate Made Easy (sort of)
Using Values in LD Debate (Scott)
Using Values in LD Debate (Berryhill)
Liberalism, Values, and Lincoln
Excellent book of articles about LD from the mid
1990's prepared by the Free Enterprise
Institute, now available free as a pdf document. It includes articles by philosophers, college
one is now a professor of philosophy), etc. and topics include things like applying logic to LD,
defining terms, analysis of various values and topic issues like justice and rights. Articles are very short
and to the point.
A great site for you and your students (complete works of Shakespeare, King James
Bible, complete text of classics no longer copyright prot
ected, and much more) The reference works
include the Columbia Encyclopedia (short articles) American Heritage Dictionary , Roget’s II: The New
Thesaurus, and several quotation books.
Along with the above site, these are some of the best quotation sites on the web. In
addition to topic specific terms, build a file of quotes on frequently used terms like "justice" and "rights."
by John Stuart Mill
This link contains the complete text of one of the most used documents
in LD. It is relatively short but some of your students will have some difficul
ty with the slightly archaic
writing style. Great ideas, though.
Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy
Detailed (and very complex at ti
mes) explanations of various
philosophical terms written by experts.
Internet Encyclopedia of Philosophy
Not as good as Stanford, but still useful (with
White House Web Page
Speeches and press releases from the executive branch.
Government Printing Office
GPO Access disseminates official information from all three branches of
the Federal Government.
Links to web pages discussing over a 100 philosoph
Free access to articles dating back to 1998 from over 300 magazines.
One Look Dictionary
Type a term in the resolution once and receive definitions from potentially dozens
of dictionaries and web glossaries.