Getting started - planning and finding background info on topic
Finding Background Information
These online sources can help you to choose and refine your topic. They will also provide you with the background information and keywords and search terms.
Use library databases to find sources from academic journals, magazines, newspapers
Search and find newspapers and magazines
This guide is a selected collection of current journals and magazines of news, commentary, and opinion. Here is a sample of what is sometimes called 'Long form journalism" -- longer, in-depth articles written by journalists but usually about or with experts like researchers or professors. They are written with less jargon then scholarly journal articles and are great sources to consult as you learn more about a topic. They feature stories about current or controversial topics. You can "browse" and read current issues or search.
Find statistics and public opinion
Citing your sources (e.g. MLA, APA, etc.)
Many article databases (e.g. Academic Search Premier, Google Scholar) will create a citation for you. After you found the item, look for "cite" or "quotes." Here are examples:
In Google Scholar:
In Academic Search Premier:
Library research guides for current issues and topics
Doing research about current topics can challenging because the facts and stories continue to evolve. They are also impacted by the long and complex issues and histories underlying all events.
Below are example of guides which might be helpful to you as you do research on your topic.
Race, white privilege, anti-racism - Research Guide
by Kate Peterson Last Updated Apr 15, 2021 234 views this year
Housing, racial covenants, redlining, and segregation - research guide
by Kate Peterson Last Updated Jul 26, 2021 422 views this year
Covid-19 and Coronavius Research Guide (finding sources and articles ABOUT Covid-19)
by Kate Peterson Last Updated Feb 21, 2022 47 views this year
Education disparities, inequality and segregation - Research Guide
by Kate Peterson Last Updated Aug 15, 2022 53 views this year
Health disparities, health care inequality, and policy - Research Guide
by Kate Peterson Last Updated Mar 23, 2022 29 views this year
Guide for researching conspiracy theories and mystery topics
by Kate Peterson Last Updated Feb 28, 2022 609 views this year