COMS211: Issues Research Guide

Find an Issue

CQ Researcher browse by topic or date
Covers popular and key issues in the news with a focus on long-lasting policy topics.

Issues and Controversies Topic List
Information on hotly debated topics. Enter the barcode number on back of your ACU ID to access.

Gather Background 

Gather background with broad overviews.

CQ Researcher
Feature articles on broad policy issues.  Great overview in one single place

Issues and Controversies
Broad articles in hotly debated topics. Enter the barcode number on back of your ACU ID to access.

Credo
Encyclopedias, dictionaries, and images. Good for basic information without overwhelming details. Like Wikipedia but with sources you can cite.

Articles, Newspapers, and Government Publications

Articles, Newspapers, and Government Publications provide current awareness and research that support your message. Use them to explore background issues as well as specific programs.

Alcon Library Catalog 
Searchable catalog for library material. Includes URLs for the full-text of ebooks and documents.

Academic Search Complete
Articles across all subjects. Contains both scholarly research and general magazines. Good starting point any time you need journal articles.

SocINDEX
Scholarly articles on sociology topics. Use to research theory and effectiveness behind social programs and community service groups.

Lexis-Nexis
Most comprehensive collection of newspapers and magazines. Search thousands of news sources at once. Includes regional, U.S., and international newspapers and magazines.

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Government Agencies and Organizations

Government Agencies and Organizations are gateways to a wealth of data and reports. Use these search engines to find authoritative reports online and to identify the primary agencies that publish on your topic. 

GoogleGov 
Convenient ranking of links within home pages.
Caches pages to eliminate bad links.

American FactFinder2
Doorway to U.S. Census data. Good for demographics describing the nation, state, or a local city.
Mirrors selected tables from the U.S. Census web site. No mapping, but good tables.

Note:  To create a map, click Map It to display a data table.  Click Create a Map near the top of the page, then click the data item in the table you want to show on the map.

Nation (U.S.) Quick Profiles (more details via full search)

Social | Map it - Education, Marital Status, Relationships, Fertility, Grandparents ...
Economic | Map it - Income, Poverty, Employment, Occupation
Housing | Map it - Occupancy and Structure, Adequacy, House Value, Costs, Utilities ...
Demographic | Map it - Age and Sex, Race, Hispanic Origin, Housing Units ...

Abilene Quick Profiles (more details via full search)

Social | Map it - Education, Marital Status, Relationships, Fertility, Grandparents ...
Economic | Map it - Income, Poverty, Employment, Occupation
Housing | Map it - Occupancy and Structure, Adequacy, House Value, Costs, Utilities ...
Demographic | Map it - Age and Sex, Race, Hispanic Origin, Housing Units ...

International Country Statistics - detail, geographic coverage, and survey dates vary

United Nations Demographic Yearbook

 

Abilene Local Information 

Abilene Local Information tie issues to this specific area, thereby helping to establish need and relevancy.

Abilene Reporter News
Full-text of Abilene's local paper from December 2002 to the day before current date.

Abilene, TX City Search
City departments, City Council minutes, and official municipal workings.

The Optimist, 2002-present
The Optimist, 1912-2008
ACU campus newspaper. Use to research local student issues or to reflect local campus attitudes. Search other campus newspapers for wider comparison.

Images

Images add visual impact and emphasize points in a memorable way.

Credo
Use the Image Search tab just above the search box.

USA.gov Image Search
Images from government and military sites, most of which are in the public domain.

Encyclopedia Britannica Media Collection
Images and video clips that support Britannica's encyclopedia articles. Good for broad topics and issues.

 


Last updated: Jan.31, 2014 02:26 PM

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