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ENGWR 300 - Professor Blackthorne (Spring 2020): Identify Problem

Find (or develop) a socially relevant and importat problem topic

The below databases are a great place to help you decide on a topic to research, or begin your research if you have one in mind.

When searching these databases, use simple keywords

For example:

Sample problem: Population

Sample Searches:  

  • overpopulation
  • population growth

To access these databases from off-campus, you will need to login with your eServices username (w+student ID) and password.

About CQ Researcher

  • Each single-themed report is researched and written by a journalist, footnoted and fact checked.
  • But these articles are not considered "peer-reviewed" as they are not reviewed by experts.

CQ Researcher

Browse Topics Search by keyword
Go to “Browse Topics” to get ideas for controversial topics

Use the search box to find information on a topic you have in mind.

Remember to use simple keywords (using 1-4 keywords maximum).

Email the article and citation to yourself:

  1. Click on the title of the article to access it List of search results in CQ Researcher
  2. From the menu on the right click "Cite Now!"
  3. Select MLA from the list of citation styles citation options in CQ Researcher
  4. Select the citation, right click and copyhighlight citation and copy
  5. Click on email in the menu
  6. Right click and paste the citation into the message field of the email formpaste the citation into the email in CQ Researcher
  7. Enter your email address in both email fields and click send e-mail

About Opposing Viewpoints

  • Only the "Academic Journals" will have articles that are peer reviewed. 
  • You can use the filter on the right after conducting a search to limit to "Peer-Reviewed Journals"

filter your results by peer reviewed journals

Opposing Viewpoints

Opposing Viewpoints search and browse issues

Search Browse Issues

Use the search box to find information on a topic you have in mind.

Remember to use simple keywords (using 1-4 keywords maximum).

Go to "Browse Issues" to get ideas for controversial topics

Email the article and citation to yourself:

  1. Cick on the title of the article to access it
  2. From the menu on the right click CiteOpposing Viewpoints Cite
  3. Click Select then right click and copy citation Opposing viewpoints citation select
  4. Close the Citation box, and click on E-Mail in the menu below the article informationOpposing Viewpoints email
  5. Right click and paste the citation into the message field of the email formOpposing Viewpoints email form
  6. Enter your email address in both email fields and click send