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Scan the headlines of print or online newspapers or magazines for ideas on current topics.
Browse these science-related webpages for ideas:
Read the articles in encyclopedias to get background information, overviews, and summaries on a topic. Scan the index and topic outlines for keywords to use later when searching other resources.
Examples of print general encyclopedias:
Examples of print subject-specific encyclopedias:
Celebrating Women in American History
Social Issues in America
Encyclopedia of Environmental Issues
These research databases, also accessible off-campus, cover hot-button issues.
Opposing Viewpoints Features current controversial issues in pro/con viewpoint articles, topic overviews, links to Websites, and magazine and newspaper articles. Includes statistics and primary documents.
Business and Economics; Energy and Environmentalism; Health and Medicine; Law and Politics; Science, Technology and Ethics; Society and Culture; War and Diplomacy
CQ Researcher Features nonpartisan reporting and analysis of current controversial social, economic, political, and environmental issues. Each report includes an overview, background, chronology, current situation, outlook, and bibliography.