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Where can I find information for an opinion paper?

Last Updated: Jan 26, 2017  |  10 Views

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Start in the Library Databases (from the Library Homepage click on Databases by Title or Databases by Subject under SEARCH COLLECTIONS.)  Here are a couple of recommended databases:

Opposing Viewpoints in Context - Click on "Browse Issues" on the grey menu bar, then scroll down the list of issues to find one that relates to your topic, for instance, "Gun Control", "Airport Security" or "Minimum Wage." Select a topic to display a page with all kinds of sources - pro and con argument essays, newspaper and magazine articles, statistics, reference articles and media.

CQ Researcher contains full reports covering a single topic.  Click on "Browse Reports" then select "Issue Tracker", or "Browse Topics" on the top menu bar, or select "Hot Topics" from the right side of the CQ Researcher home page.  The reports include a 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.  Be aware of the dates on these reports as some of them may not be timely for your essay.

To find print sources about your topic, try searching the Library Catalog (JCC Library Homepage SEARCH FOR BOOKS in the grey menu bar.)  Click on the Libguides link below for JCC library research guides containing additional sources (both print and online) and suggestions.  The "Introduction to Research" Libguide (link below) will help you to focus your topic and contains tips on searching the catalog for books, and databases for articles.

Good luck with your paper, and please contact us if you need further help!

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