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Research Guide
Controversial Issues


The following recommended research databases will provide information that you need for writing your paper.
Remember, if you can’t find what you need, ask a librarian for assistance.

NRCC Library Web Page: www.nr.edu/library


To search for books on a particular topic, you’ll need to search the library’s online catalog. From the Library Home page, click on Search for Books and then NRCC Library Catalog.

  • Type your topic in the search box and click on Go.
  • The next screen will display your results. Click on the numeral beside any entry to view the full record.
  • In order to find the book or item on the shelf, find the call number located at the bottom of the full record.




CQ Researcher
  • Covers current and controversial political and social issues. Reports include detailed summaries, background and chronology, pro/con arguments, tables and maps.
  • Type your subject in the search box. If you can’t find anything on your topic try to think of a synonym or broader term.
  • For easier viewing, click the B&W PDF button on the top right on the screen.
  • Click on Contacts for related websites. You can also search with that website for relevant information. CiteNow for proper format.


Issues and Controversies
  • Provides balanced and accurage coverage of current and historical issues with chronologies, illustrations, maps, tables, sidebars, bibliographies and contact information.
  • Type your subject in the search box. If you can’t find anything on your topic try to think of a synonym or broader term.
Opposing Viewpoints Resource Center
  • Your own “mini-virtual library” for persuasive or argumentative papers and speeches
  • You’ll find pro/con arguments in viewpoint essays; magazine and newspaper articles, statistics, excerpts from reference sources, and selected websites… all with one search!
  • Select a topic or type your topic in the search box (if you can’t find anything on your topic, you may need to choose a broader term – ask a librarian if you need help).
  • Click on the tabs across the top of the page to see corresponding information: Viewpoint Essays, Reference, Statistics, Magazine & Newspapers, Primary Documents, Websites.
Academic Search Complete
  • Magazine and newspaper articles for additional supporting information
    • Make sure you select keyword search
    • Limit search to full-text articles
    • May need to narrow search by adding an additional keyword

If you need additional assistance, please feel free to ask a librarian.