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Last Updated: Sep 09, 2018     Views: 83

If you need information on a topic, whether it's for an informative, persuasive, or argumentative paper / speech, there are a couple of databases that are good starting points for choosing and narrowing your topic. 

  • CQ Researcher
  • Opposing Viewpoints.

A quick keyword search in either of these databases can bring up short but comprehensive reports on topics.

These are particularly good sources since each report on a topic includes background and chronology, an assessment of the current situation, tables and maps, pro/con statements from representatives of opposing positions, and bibliographies of key sources. 

For additional research including current newspaper, magazine and journal articles, try a general database like JEWL or Academic Search Premier. These can be found on the DATABASES tab on the Library homepage. 

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