1. 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.
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 IssueWeb : a guide and sourcebook 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 eBook Databases
Gale Virtual Reference Library
Sharpe Online Reference (access link from databases on left side of page)
Public Agenda (use Discussion Starters)
2. Gather in-depth information on your topic
Use a variety of high quality sources to find the information you need--books and eBooks, magazine and newspaper articles and websites.
ABC-Clio Issues: Understanding Controversy & Society
Opposing Viewpoints in Context
Proquest Research Library
USA.gov (Government Websites)
Google News (News Sites)
Multnomah County Library: Social Issues
3. Cite your sources
Please be sure to give credit to your sources by creating a bibliography for your project.
Easy Bib (Free citation tool)Citation Examples Handout