Get an overview and background on your topic
Look for short summaries and overviews of your research topic. Get a basic understanding of the topic and find keywords you can use in your research. Grolier Online (encyclopedia)
There are a number of reference books in the LRC on social issue topics. Use the LRC Catalog to find specific topics.
R 025.04 DIA Issue Web : a guide and source book for researching controversial issues on the Web.
R 306.0973 CUL Culture wars : an encyclopedia of issues, viewpoints, and voices.
R 361.973 SOC Social issues in America : an encyclopedia.
LRC Databases (Use databases link on left side of page for passwords, if required)
Gale Virtual Reference Library (eBooks)
Over Drive (LRC eBooks) log-in using your student email and internet password
First Search (Please use link on left side of page to access this database)
Find statistics, videos, topic overviews and more on the databases below
ABC-Clio Issues: Understanding Controversy & Society
Opposing Viewpoints in Context
ProQuest Research Library
ProCon.org (illegal immigration, animal testing, gun control, death penalty and social media)
Public Agenda (use Discussion Starters)
USA.gov (Government Websites)
Google News (News Sites)
Multnomah County Library: Social Issues
Alternatives to Google
Sweet Search (evaluated and reliable sources for students)
Dog Pile or Monster Crawler (meta search engines allow you to search multiple search engines at once)
Cite your sources
Please give credit to your sources by creating a bibliography for your project.
Easy Bib (Free citation tool) Citation Examples Handout MLA 7