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Researching Current Issues: Home


This research guide is designed for students doing research on current events, social issues, hot topics, etc. If you run into any obstacles, don't hesitate to book a research session~ Rosalind Tedford

Issue Analysis and Web Sources

Issue analysis organizations will differ depending on your topic, but here are some places to start.

Data and Statistics

US Data

International Data

Video Resources

Getting Started with Background Sources

Before getting started with issue research, it is a good idea to start with some background and context to the issues you are investigating. The sources below will help you get to that information quickly.

Finding Books

Use our main library search interface Primo to locate books and other materials in Reynolds Library.  When you search from the ZSR Library homepage, you will be taken to a search screen where books are in the center box on the top row. You can see all books from the search by clicking the total number of results in the top of the box, or the More Books link at the bottom. To find books on US Policy Issues, search on the policy and "United States":

  • "Gun Control" "United States"
  • Economic Regulation United States
  • Racial Profiling United States
  • "Same Sex Marriage" 'United States"
  • Legalization marijuana United States

Scholarly Journal Articles

Primary Political Science Databases

Other Policy-Related Databases

These databases (listed in the order of likelihood they will be useful to you) will get you to news and scholarly journal articles on public policies from databases for disciplines outside of Political Science. Be sure to include 'United States' as a search term  if investigating domestic policy as many of them are international in scope.

Roz Tedford: Politics and Int'l Affairs Liaison

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