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Pick Your Topic
Recommended websites to help you pick a current event topic.
Award winning nonpartisan site on controversial issues.
New Scientist Topic Guides
Issues dealing with science, technology, and society from New Scientist magazine.
A nonprofit, nonpartisan research and citizen education resource, founded by social scientist, Daniel Yankelovich and former Secretary of State Cyrus Vance. Includes statistics, results of polls, policy proposals, and much more.
Find Background Information on Your Topic
Gale Virtual Reference Library
The Library's Wikipedia! Search a number of specialized encyclopedias in biography, law, business, substance abuse, multiculturalism, education and more.
Created by Congress, well-researched reports that look at all sides of an issue.
Issues and Controversies
Reports, background information, articles, and more all related to current controversial issues.
Gale Opposing ViewPoints in Context
Viewpoints, articles, and statistics about numerous contemporary issues.
If you want to use Wikipedia in your research, make sure to watch the "Using Wikipedia for Academic Research" video! Remember never cite a Wikipedia article, only use for background info and to find better sources.
How to do Research in College
How to do Research Guide
Includes tips on searching databases, finding scholarly sources, evaluating resources, and citing sources.
Virtual Library Orientation
Get an overview of the Library Resources and an interactive introduction to conducting research.
Bess & Frank Gladhill Learning Commons Hours and Location
Using Wikipedia for Academic Research
Wikipedia can also be a helpful tool for finding background information on your topic. The video below helps explain how to use it best.
GREAT TIP: Use these same techniques when looking at articles from Library Databases.
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