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Current Issues

Start exploring resources for various current issues.

So, you're looking in to a current (maybe controversial) topic!

This guide has some starting points to help introduce you to some specific timely topics, but don't feel limited to just these. Our current issue databases (Opposing Viewpoints, CQ Researcher, and Issues & Controversies) contain lots of info, lots of great resources, and even some nice browsing interfaces to help you think of a topic when you're totally undecided.

Current Issue Collections:

These databases focus on current and controversial issues and provide introductions to the topics and collect a variety of related sources to further your research. Great starting points!

What is...? Look it up!

Don't take ideas and terms for granted -- take a moment to do some simple, one-word searches in a resource like Credo Reference to read some background information. You never know what ideas you'll generate.


Search the Library Collections

A Note on Information Sources

collage of database logosThis guide presents a variety of links to both LSC collections and the open web as starting points -- but of course it's not an exhaustive list of every possible place you could search!

Find and access the library's online resources through the Research Databases page. Off-campus access requires the 14-digit library barcode from the back of your student ID. (Don't have it yet? Request a barcode number online.)

Google Scholar is a special search engine for scholarly works.  It's great tool, but that's in addition to the library databases, not instead of. Scholarly articles tend to be behind paywalls, and even Google can't give you access. As well, there are predatory journals out there (with low publication standards) that Google doesn't exclude from its results.

Google Scholar Search