Controversial Issues - Research Paper
To Search for books in the Book and
Audiovisual Catalog (click here) In the Subject
space, type your broad topic.
Click Start, Programs, and Cherokee Library
2. To refine your search if there are too many hits, add another term.
Change middle boxes to: AND Ú ANYWHERE (click on Enhanced to do this in the Cherokee Library)
Example: Acid rain (AND Ú ANYWHERE) environmental aspects / Drinking (AND Ú ANYWHERE) driving
Example: Environment (ANDÚ ANYWHERE) Opposing viewpoints (for pro/con books)
Immigration (AND Ú ANYWHERE) At issue (for pro/con books)
In the Subject
space, type your broad topic.
Ref. 031 WORLD - World Book Encyclopedia - General encyclopedias provide overviews of broad topics, offering ideas for narrower topics. This is a good place to start your research but not to end your research.
Ref. 361.1 - Pro/Con – This set provides a collection of debates on a wide-range of issues.
The entire series is located in
To search on the Media Center Web Page - www.lrhsd.org/chmedia
(From Cherokee School Page: Click on Departments, Media Center
SIRS Researcher- Provides access to thousands of full-text articles, documents, and graphics.
1. In Subject Headings box, type broad topic (ex. adoption).
2. Or click Keyword/Natural Language to type in a phrase.
3. For additional topics, click Leading Issues (in box on the right).
CQ Researcher- Covers current and controversial issues complete with summaries.
1. In Quick Search box, type in topic (put multiple words in quotes).
2. You may also Browse by Topic (under search box).
Facts.Com News- Provides news every week from more than 100 major newspapers,
news magazines, other periodicals, and government and online sources.
1. Click on "Issues and Controversies" gray tab in the upper right corner.
Choose a link under "Quick Access."
2. Or type your topic (multiple words in quotes) in the Search box.
EBSCOhost Web - For magazine and newspaper articles/reviews.
1. Ensure that MasterFILE Premier (and/or Newspaper Source) is checked.
2. In Find box, type in search terms. Put multiple terms in "quotes."
3. Under Limit Your Results, click Full Text box. Click Search.
4. Another option: Click Peer Reviewed before clicking search.
1. Click on the Subject Terms (green tab at top).
2. In Browse box, type broad topic.
3. In your results list, explore the Periodical References. See Related Terms and Subdivisions below.
Infotrac Elite 500 - For magazine, journal and newspaper articles (includes The New York Times)
Type topic in Search box. Check box: "to articles with text."
Click on View articles or Narrow by subdivision
These may be useful for background information:
History Resource Center-
Provides articles from reference sources and
themes, events, individuals and periods in U.S. history.
(Click on SUBJECT.)
Britannica Online- Includes the complete Britannica encyclopedia.
Discovering Collection- Provides articles from reference sources on science, social studies,
literature, history, and people.
*All of the above databases can be accessed from the
home computer. *Be sure to get a BOOKMARK at the circulation desk so you’ll have the
necessary log-in information.
Burlington County Library System
- From the left column, click on: Databases A-Z
Scroll down to: Opposing Viewpoints Resource Center Database
Click on Connect and type in your Burlington County Lib. Card number.
http://www.multcolib.org/homework/sochc.html - Multnomah County Library
Center Social Issues
www.gc.maricopa.edu/English/topicarg.html - Assisted suicide, gun control, pro-athlete salary, etc.
http://www.debate-central.org/ - One stop shopping for debate issues
Modified by Mrs. Dennis, Feb. 2007