Using CQ Researcher

Using CQ Researcher

If you are researching a controversial issue, the library database, CQ Researcher, can be particularly useful. Each week, CQ Researcher publishes a report on a current issue. Reports run about 24 pages and follow the same structure. Highlights include an Overview, the Current Situation, a Pro/Con section where you can see opposing points of view, and a list of recommended websites. To access CQ Researcher, select Databases and Articles on the library’s homepage, then select C from the alphabetical list and scroll down for a link to CQ Researcher. On the CQ Researcher homepage, there is a keyword search box on the upper right hand corner of the page. It is also possible to browse the collection by topic, date, and a few other options by using the drop down menus in the middle of the page. A simple keyword search, however, is often the best way to get to the reports. For instance, typing in racism into the keyword search box and then pressing enter generates a list of reports. These reports are listed by relevance so pay close attention to the date as some reports can be quite old. CQ researcher also includes Short Reports, which are abbreviated reports on hot topics. For any report, there are links to Save, Email, Print, Cite, and View PDF on the right side of the page. If you select the View PDF option, this will download a PDF of the report that includes the original formatting. There are also links to related reports on the right side of the page. A similar resource is the database Opposing Viewpoints in Context. A link to that database can be on the Databases and Articles page by selecting the letter O and scrolling down the page. If you have any questions, just ask a librarian.

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