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Background Information Sources
Background sources may be news articles or encyclopedia summaries of concepts, people or events.
Full-text, balanced, comprehensive journalistic reports and analysis of current and controversial issues of the day.
Useful when you're starting out on a research project. Do simple searches to find topic introductions in a variety of subjects. The mind map tool will help you discover related ideas and terms.
Gale in Context: Opposing Viewpoints
Provides topic overviews as well as collects a variety of sources, including statistics, reference materials, journal articles, news articles, images, and audio broadcasts.
Current events database with articles from diverse sources & points of view, on important social/political/economic issues.
New York Times: Create Your Account
Use your Lone Star email address to create an account via this link. Once you've made an account, you can go straight to the regular NYT site (nytimes.com) and log in as if you were a paying subscriber.
The Texas Tribune is the a member-supported, digital-first, nonpartisan media organization that informs Texans about public policy, politics, government and statewide issues. Some access available through the Texas Reference Center.
State Impact Texas
StateImpact Texas is a collaboration of local public radio stations KUT Austin and KUHF Houston. Reporters Mose Buchele, Terrence Henry and Dave Fehling travel the state to report on how energy and environmental issues affect you.
The politics section of the Texas Montly magazine.
Texas Legislature Online
Explore Texas legislation and legislators.
Texas Reference Center
Articles from periodicals, reference books, and newspapers on Texas history, culture, and life, biographies of important Texans, and more.