An excellent place get ideas and background information for a research project, CQ Researcher, is a database with fulltext reports on current topics and controversial topics. Reports provide background information, Pro/Con views, maps and graphs, and a bibliography with additional information sources.
- To access CQ Researcher, from the Library homepage select Research, Articles & Journals, then CQ Researcher under Frequently Used Resources. CQ Researcher contains reports on current issues and controversial topics. It's a great place to look for background information on a topic and find various arguments on topics.
- You can find topics by browsing reports in the left menu (Topics, Pro/Con), or search for a topic in the QUICK SEARCH window. CQ Researcher is a small database of reports, so it works best to do a general keyword search.
- Scan through the results list to see if any of the reports look relevant for the topic you are considering. Note: If it's important to your topic, be sure to check the dates to make sure the report is a recent publication.
- If you find a report that looks relevant, click the title to access the full text. You can read the full report or access various parts of the report from the menu on left side of the page. To cite the report in your paper or presentation, click the CiteNow! button and select the format style required for your class (APA, Chicago, MLA).
The following CQ Researcher video (2:40 min) is a short overview for searching the CQ Researcher database. CQ Researcher contains reports on a range of current issues and controversial topics. Click the CC button on the controller below the video to view text: