Now that you know some background info and have narrowed your topic, try out one of these databases. Though they all cover a variety of topics, they often contain slightly different sources or draw sources from different periods of time.

Academic Search Complete

This multidisciplinary resource contains access to scholarly journals, book reviews, magazine articles, newspaper articles, books, videos, and trade publications in English and a wide variety of other languages. This resource is a great place to start research. Coverage: 1887-present CQ Researcher Online

Comprehensive reports about current issues and news in the United States. Coverage: 1991-present.

Global Newsstream/ProQuest

Articles from international, national, and regional newspapers, newswires, and news sites. It includes access to major United States newspapers, such as the Chicago Tribune, Los Angeles Times, New York Times, and Wall Street Journal. Coverage 1980-present.


A comprehensive archive of multidisciplinary scholarly journals and books. Coverage: 1800s to 3-5 years ago.

Gale In Context

Opposing Viewpoints Contextual information and opinions on hundreds of today’s hottest social issues.

Points of View Reference Center

Essays, scholarly journal articles, news articles, and primary documents that present multiple perspectives on current and controversial topics. Coverage: 2010-present.



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