Hot Research Topics & Controversial Issues: Home

Research issues in the news, policy topics, and debate style topics.

Pros & Cons Sources


Many article databases will allow you to just search just the editorial/commentary sections.  For example:

  • In Academic Search Complete use the "Document Type" field to limit to Editorials. 
  • In the Proquest Newsstand databases, use the "Document Type" field to search for Commentary. 

Check database Help screens for more information.

Also see Political Perspectives in Periodicals to help determine what stance (liberal, conservative, etc.) many popular periodicals often take.


Background and reference sources:

Developing News

News & Social Media

Blogs and other social media can help a researcher track both an event as it develops and popular interest in the event. 

Using advanced search screens of search engines to limit to specific domains is another way to search blog sites such as wordpress, tumblr, blogger, etc.