Choosing a Topic: Databases
These databases will provide basic information and tools to brainstorm ideas.
- Opposing Viewpoints In Context : Click on "browse issues" for hundreds of topic ideas. Also includes persuasive essays, news articles, and other resources for each topic.
- CQ Researcher: Click on "browse topics" to explore ideas. Each report contains bacground information, pro/con essays, and other resources.
Points of View Reference Center : Points of View Reference Center™ is a full-text database designed to provide students with a series of essays that present multiple sides of a current issue.
- Additional databases for Social Issues: Pros and Cons
Tips on how to narrow the scope of your topic
- What people are involved?
- Is there a particular place, country or location that is involved?
- When did it happen?
- Why is your topic important?
- What interests you about this topic?
Narrow your topic using additional search terms. Example: social inequality and united states and sociology
How to Find Articles
There are different types of article databases. Some are multi-disciplinary and others may provide more depth on certian social problems. The best database for you depends on your topic. The list below contains links to guides created by librarians that focus on databases related to specific subject areas--choose the guide that best fits your need for additional article databases.
A few databases to start with:
- Primo Article Search: Search many of the library's databases at once (select 'Articles' from the dropdown and see librarian for assistance with search if needed).
- Academic Search Complete: A multi-disciplinary database, e.g., humanities, social sciences, sciences
- Social Sciences Full Text: Full-text access to social science journals
- New York Times Digital Edition: The library provides access to full text of today's paper in addition to the full nytimes archive of back issues/articles. Sign-up tutorial available here.
Databases by Subject
- Business and Public Services
- Criminal Justice and Law
- Data and Statistics
- General Reference
- Health and Medicine
- Liberal Arts
- Mass Media
- Politics and Government
- Social Science
Evaluate and Cite Your Sources
Citation Tools (update in progress to reflect changes in library catalog - see a librarian for questions).