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Research issues in the news, policy topics, and debate style topics.
Last Updated: Mar 7, 2014 URL: Print Guide RSS Updates

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Opinion Essays

Sources for opinion essays:

  • Points of View Reference Center 
    Provides 255 topics, each with an overview (objective background/description), point (argument), counterpoint (opposing argument), and Critical Thinking Guide. 
  • Opposing Viewpoints in Context
    Covers a variety of social topics. Includes viewpoint articles, topic overviews, statistics, primary documents.


Other pages


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 if you need guidance. 



These sources provide news, analysis and commentary.

  • CQ Researcher
    A weekly publication providing original in-depth analysis of the most current major and controversial issues of the day, 1991 - present
  • CQ Weekly
    News from the U.S Congress - summaries of what legislation is being introduced, votes, and analysis of the discussions and legislation. 
  • Congressional Digest, 1922-present
    Short essays on issues that have appeared before Congress.

  • Information Series on Current Topics (Bartle Library Reference stacks)
    Covers hot topics ranging from immigration to water rights and gun control.   Contains history of the topics, law and legistation, statistics, and in-depth overviews.   Great places to start.
  • Proquest Current Bibliographies
    Current topic subject guides that provide annotated lists of sources, mostly government documents and data sets.

  • CSA Discovery Guides
    Short briefs on a variety of subjects.

  • United Nations - Global Issues
    Offers overviews and insights into the most pressing issues on the UNs' agenda.

  • Foreign Policy in Focus
    A liberal think tank focused on foreign policy issues that provides commentary and research-based articles on a variety of topics.

  • Public Agenda
    Offers non-partisan reports on issues ranging from Abortion to Social Security.

  • White House Briefing Room
    For the latest press releases, briefings, speeches and other news sources of the White House.


Reference Sources

These sources are useful for more in-depth research on topics and to provide timelines.

  • Encyclopedia of Bioethics
    Provides ethical arguments on a variety of current topics, ranging from abortion to euthanasia.  Also provides a Further Reading selection for each subject.

  • CQ Historic Documents
    Collection of primary source documents, ranging from Supreme Court opinions, reports, studies, treaties, and speeches, that related to significant events for each year, dating back to 1972.

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