Resources

Web-resources

In the spirit of proliferating, MDF contributes to the development of both critical analysis and debating knowledge by providing debate-relevant materials. The given recommendation below is chosen selectively by us to suit your need. Check it out. They are equipped with the source address.

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General Advice How To Get Better

Li Shengwu (2010 Worlds Best Speaker), “How to Get Better at Debating” on Trolley Problem Blog

Jeremy Brier (2004 World Champion), “How to Stop Losing” in Monash Debating Review 2005 (pp 34-36)

Ivan Ah Sam (2005 Australasian Champion) and Naomi Oreb (2009 Worlds Best Speaker), “Unnatural Selection: A Beginner’s Guide to Getting Better at Debating” in Monash Debating Review 2009 (pp 65-71)

Joanna Nairn and Michael Kortly (2006 World Champions), “How to Tackle Worlds” in Monash Debating Review 2006 (pp 14-21)

Tim Sonnreich (3 time Australasian champion), “There is No Spoon: Beginner, Intermediate and Advanced First Principles in Debating” in Monash Debating Review 2010 (pp 7-17)

Kim Little (2000 World Champion), “Ten Helpful Ways to Improve Your Matter” on Debaters Association of Victoria

Cathy Russouw (2000 World Champion), “10 Small Things Adjudicators Really Hate But Ran Out of Time to Tell You” on Debaters Association of Victoria

Tim Sonnreich (3 time Australasian Champion), Monash Association of Debaters Guide to Debating: Tips, Tactics and First Principles (2012 version)

Steven Johnson (Associate Professor and Director of Debate, University of Alaska), Winning Debates

Jess Moir (2006 World Comedy Champion), “The Substance of Style” in Monash Debating Review 2006 (pp 36-42)

Erik Eastaugh (2005 World Champion), “How to Win Worlds From Opening Government” in Monash Debating Review 2005 (pp 22-26)

Motions

You can find motions from past tournaments at Debate Motions and other common motions at Debatabase

Something Worth Reading

The New York Times (American): Great coverage of US and international affairs and excellent opinion section

The Economist (British): Comprehensive weekly overview of global issues (‘Leaders’ section in print magazine is particularly helpful)

The Wall Street Journal (American): Good alternative to New York Times

The Guardian (British): Excellent coverage of European issues in particular

The Atlantic Magazine: Great in-depth stories (often about issues like education policy)

Foreign Affairs: Leading foreign policy journal (great way to identify new IR policy options)

BBC Country Profiles (Free, Online): Key information about every country (great to print off before tournaments!)

Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy (Free, Online): Short entries on a wide range of ethical issues (i.e. animal rights; utilitarianism)