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Controversial Topics Research

What makes a topic controversial? What should I know about a topic? How can I learn the issue so that I can know where I stand? This guide sets you on a path to answer these questions.

CQ Researcher


CQ Researcher provides award winning in-depth coverage of the most important issues of the day. Use CQ Researcher for topics that concern government and law at the Federal level (as opposed to the State or County level).  CQ reports are written by experienced journalists, footnoted and professionally fact-checked. Full-length articles include an overview, historical background, chronology, pro/con feature, plus resources for additional research. Graphics, photos and short "sidebar" features round out the reports. Shorter "Hot Topics" articles provide a solid introduction to subjects most in demand by students.

Use the same search techniques as are described for ProQuest.


Credo offers articles from reference books including dictionaries, encyclopedias, quotations, and atlases, plus a wide range of subject-specific reference titles. 

You will use this less often because the encyclopedias do not have much material on current events.  You might use this for historical research on your topic.  For instance, if you want to investigate structural racism, you might use Credo to find resources on Jim Crow laws or slavery.

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