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Controversial Topics: Research Databases

Need to find a controversial topic? The Library provides access to a ton of credible sources!

Research Databases

Then NWACC Library has several databases that are perfect for finding articles containing possible solutions to problems and information about controversial topics.

Finding Articles that Contain Solutions

You may be asked to use the Library's subscription databases to find articles that contain possible solutions for the controversy you're researching. Here are some tips for discovering the sources you need:

  • Understand what some of the pssible solutions are.  Are you familiar with your topic?  Do you have some ideas about how the contraversial issue you're writing about might be fixed?  If not, do some background research.  An Internet search might provide you with several possibilities.  Once you know what these are, you can use them as search terms in the databases. 

    Ex: global warming AND solar power

  • Include search terms that require the databases to search for solutions articles.  One way to find articles with solutions for probems is to include "solution" or related words as search terms.

    Ex: healthcare AND fix
          gun control AND controversy
          global warming AND solution

  • If allowed, limit to editorials.  Editorials are more likely than regular articles to include opinions and, in many cases, possible solutions to the types of problems you might be researching.  Make sure you read your assignment and ask your instructor whether editorials are permissible sources.  If you need help limiting to editorials, please ask a Reference Librarian here.

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