The CQ Researcher explores a single 'hot' issue in the news in depth each week. Topics range from social and teen issues to environment, health, education and science and technology.
There are 44 reports produced each year including four expanded reports. Every 12,000-word report is written by an experienced journalist and features comments from experts, lawmakers and citizens on all sides of every issue. Numerous charts, graphs and sidebar articles -- plus a pro-con feature, a chronology, lengthy bibliographies and a list of contacts -- round out each report.PDF files are available for full issues dating back to January 1996; for issues published since January 2001, PDF files are in color.
Multiple resources covering today's hot social issues, such as offshore drilling, health care and immigration explore issues from all perspectives.
Includes: * More than 14,000 pro/con viewpoint essays * 5,000+ topic overviews * More than 300 primary source documents * 300 biographies of social activists and reformers * More than 775 court-case overviews * 5 million periodical articles * Nearly 6,000 statistical tables, charts and graphs * Nearly 70,000 images and a link to Google Image Search * Thousands of podcasts, including weekly presidential addresses and premier NPR programs * A national and state curriculum standards search, correlated to the content that allows educators to quickly identify material by grade and discipline New reference content is added on an ongoing basis, and new full-text periodical and newspaper articles are added every day.
Refining Your Topic
Once you have a topic idea, you will want to begin to refine it into a question that can be successfully researched. You may need to do some reading or searching to gain enough basic knowledge about your topic to begin to refine it. Here are links to some other tips for improving your topic.
Concept mapping is a creative and visual way to help you explore and refine your topic. It can also help you determine subtopics and to brainstorm search terms. Click on the link below to learn about concept mapping.