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Reading 3-4 articles from the resources below will help you to better understand the scope and important issues of your topic. As you read about your topic, you will discover which issues you will want to focus on in your paper.
Best Bet: African American Experience
Developed by African-American librarians and subject specialists and organized by era, this vast and accessible database covers the topic of African American history and its relation to U.S. history through published articles, essays, objects and artifacts, ideas and movements, images, documents, and other historical and culturally valuable sources. The database also includes an "Analyze" section which poses key questions to stimulate critical thinking.
Credo Reference is a collection of hundreds of encyclopedias, dictionaries, atlases, and handbooks. Look for entries that have over 800 words. Here is a snapshot of a search for "race pay equity" in Credo.
Provides in-depth coverage of the most important issues of the day in researched, footnoted, and fact-checked articles written by seasoned journalists. Below is a snapshot of a CQ Researcher article; note the options for accessing information with in the article on the left.
Best Bet: Discover!
Discover! searches thousands of articles in a number of research article databases (Academic Search Complete, JSTOR, etc.), as well as IvyCat, a database for all the materials available in our Library (books, ebooks, videos, etc.).
Best Bet: Gale Opposing Viewpoints
Differing viewpoints (be aware of bias) on social issues found in magazine, newspaper, and scholarly journal articles as well as video, audio, maps, statistics, reference sources and more. Here is a snapshot of a search for immigration and refugees:
Each includes a Pro/Con section where experts present their viewpoint on the issue. Here is the Pro/Con page from the same article, "Racial Conflict":