The following are links useful to Missouri State Debaters, but others may find them useful as well.
Missouri State Electronic Resources
Lots of electronic resources are available from the Library's home page, and particularly the Indexes and Databases list. This is merely an attempt to highlight several that debaters find useful. It includes TD Net, useful for seeing what journals carried by the library.
Communication and Mass Media Complete: Includes several Communication Journals, and readings on rhetorical criticism influence some critical arguments. This is part of the larger Ebsco host system. It also includes some debate theory sources, including Contemporary Argumentation and Debate.
J-STOR: Lots of journals are stored in full text. In many cases, the articles are scanned images and are downloadable. If you download the high quality version, it should be possible to use OCR (Optical Character Recognition) software to read it.
Mobius: If our library lacks a book, you can probably get it via Mobius. It will take 2-3 days, typically. You can locate any book in any library, worldwide, by using the Worldcat (World's Card Catalog). If not available from Mobius, you can use Inter-Library Loan (also for articles). If purchasing is better, consider Bookfinder (which will compare the Amazon prices to several other online vendors. Lots of libraries use Bookfinder, and occasionally they will allow you to buy a book from there at replacement price instead of paying the full price for a lost book charge. But, you have to ask nicely....
Project Muse: A collection of several journals that are VERY useful for critical debate.
Many of these assets require that you be on campus. A work-around is to establish a VPN Connection with the campus system first. You can get instructions and free software download from the Virtual Private Network Computer Help Page.
And, of course, lots of debaters prefer to search using Google or Google News. Google scholar is also a great resource (although sometimes you have to go through TD Net to get full text access), and you can also set up alerts to monitor for your frequent searches. Searches for blogs or create your own search engine, as Harvard did in this search engine for think tanks.
External Electronic Resources for Debate Research
Useful debate resources include CEDA Forums and results on the Debate Results website, the NDT and CEDA websites, and the CEDA Topic Committee website. You can post cites or get them from the Open Caselist Project Wiki. Michigan State University also has a very useful, Wiki-based debate glossary, which could help debaters really catch up to speed on a lot of terminology.
It requires a subscription, but the Stratfor Intelligence Network has great cards about global issues, and sometimes makes different types of claims than you'll find in the traditional literature.
Middle East Topic
The MERIA (Middle East Review of International Affairs) is free, full text, online. The Middle East Quarterly is also online - pay attention to the book reviews to see if there's stuff we should order by Mobius, Inter-Library Loan, or perhaps just purchase (email Eric Morris with those requests).
Also, there are lots of cards available online from the American-Iranian Council, the Center for Advanced Middle East Studies, Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, the Council on Foreign Relations (publishers of Foreign Affairs), the Washington Institute for Near-East Policy, the Middle East Forum, and the Middle East Intelligence Bulletin. The Air University maintains bibliography lists on countries including Iran, Syria, Palestine, Afghanistan, not Lebanon, and the Middle East Peace Process.
Blogs of Interest
Several of the major blogs have frequent updates analysis on political topics, and are likely to include uniqueness cards for a variety of issues. Liberal blogs of note include Daily Kos, Talking Points Memo/Muckraker, etc. Conservative blogs include Terra Rossa, Little Green Footballs, etc. Please email any you find that see likely to have good analytical cards.
Date Last Modified
When publication dates are hard to find, the Date Last Modified is sometimes meaningful. You can copy this into a search bar, but I recommend just making the Java Code a link using your browser.
Other Electronic Resources - Not for Debate Research
You can easily check the status of course using the class schedule feature of My Missouri State. It's great for seeing if sections are nearly full, seeing if classes are typically offered only in the spring or fall, confirming class times, etc. Once you've logged in, click the Registration tab, and use the Search for Classes tool. It's linked in the My Registration channel.
You can consider switching majors by looking over the Undergraduate Catalog, which includes both major requirements and course descriptions.