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How to Use Hot Topics Databases   Tags: databases, english, english 1301, hot topics, how to, off campus access, research  

Find articles on hot topics and controversial issues in COM Library databases. Step by step instructions for the top Hot Topics Databases included!
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Can't Think of a Topic?

Get ideas from a database! Try these databases (best for hot topics, social issues, current events) if you get stumped:

  • CQ Researcher  
      
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    You can click on Browse Reports, then select Issue Tracker to browse a list of all the major topics covered in CQ Researcher. Clicking on any topic will result in a list of all reports available on that topic.
  • Issues & Controversies  
      
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    Try Need a Research Topic? You can browse through topics until you find one you like. You can also use the Subject Index and Issues Pro and Con list to get ideas for topics.
  • Opposing Viewpoints  
      
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    Get ideas from the Issues page. Access from the dark grey toolbar below the Opposing Viewpoints banner.
 

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Get specific examples of frequently used sources in COM Library, such as articles from our online databases, and Internet sites and how to cite the EZ way.

 

How to Use Hot Topics Databases

The best COM Library databases for hot topics and controversial issues are CQ Researcher, EBSCO: Academic Search Complete, Facts on File and Gale: Opposing Viewpoints. Great for English 1301 and Social Sciences. Here are some of the things you'll find in the guide:

  • Database comparison chart.
  • Specific search techniques to get more or fewer articles on hot topics.
  • Tips on ways to find a topic.
  • Tips on ways to find pro and con articles.
  • Databases are searchable directly from guide.
  • Step by step instructions for each database.

Get Change it Tips for database citations from Cite MLA Style under the Cite the EZ Way tab.

 

How to Use Hot Topics Databases

The best COM Library databases for hot topics & controversial issues are EBSCO: Academic Search Complete, Facts on File Issues & Controversies and Opposing Viewpoints. Use the tabs above to find out more about each database.

Here is a comparison chart on the databases (click on the chart to see a larger version):

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