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This guide was developed to assist students in ELI 540 by providing a foundation for research.
Develop Your Research Topic
Below are links that can assist you in beginning the brainstorming process as you select your research topic. Be sure to select a topic that interests you.
Once you have selected your topic, narrow your research by identifying:
- how current your information needs to be,
- if there are geographic restrictions on your research (is it localized to one country or region?),
- what types of resources you need for your assignment (articles, monographs, websites, etc.),
- and by applying the principles of the C.R.A.A.P. test.
Ideas on Current Events & Controversial Topics
CQ Researcher This link opens in a new window
Explores "hot" issues in the news with in-depth, objective, balanced reports. Topics range from social and teen issues to environment, health, education and science and technology. 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. Reports also include charts, graphs, sidebar articles, pro-con feature, chronology, lengthy bibliographies, and a list of contacts.
Opposing Viewpoints in Context (OVIC) This link opens in a new window
Library of current event topics, including the facts as well as the arguments of each topic's proponents and detractors. Viewpoint articles allow students to explore each topic's many facets. Also features statistics and government data placed in context.
Pros and Cons of Controversial Issues
ProCon.org is an independent, nonpartisan, 501(c)(3) nonprofit public charity with no government affiliations. Their purpose is "to provide resources for critical thinking and to educate without bias."
PBS NOW News Magazine
Called 'fearless about challenging conventional wisdom'..., the Emmy-winning PBS weekly news magazine NOW on PBS engages viewers with documentary segments and insightful interviews that probe the most important issues.