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Get Started: Selecting a Topic
These online sources can help you to choose and refine your topic. They will also provide you with the background information necessary for your research.
- Points of View Reference Center
Find Pro/Con arguments on current issues.
- CQ Researcher
Learn more about current issues with reports on background, statistics, chronology and extensive bibliographies.
- Public Agenda Online
This site provided extensive information on current and controversial issues such as abortion and legal gaming, the family, education etc. Each segment has an overview, facts and trends, different perspectives, links to news stories, and results of public opinion polls.
Find Books and More with MNCAT
- Gale Opposing Viewpoints in Context
Provides information on social issues, including viewpoint articles, topic overviews, statistics, primary documents, links to websites, and full-text magazine and newspaper articles.
To find books and other materials owned by the University of Minnesota Libraries, search MNCAT, the University of Minnesota's online catalog.
Find Articles with Article Indexes and Databases
The University Libraries have over 300 article indexes and databases to help you find the articles. An article index lets you search hundreds of scholarly journals, popular magazines, and newspapers at one time. Use the "Find it" button to find online full text of articles or if we own the journal you need in print.
- Academic Search Premier
General subject database with scholarly articles, magazines and newspapers.
- MasterFile Premier
This resource is licensed by the MINITEX Library Information Network with state appropriations from the Minnesota Higher Education Services Office (MHESO) and the Minnesota Department of Education.
MasterFILE Premier, covers a broad range of disciplines with mostly popular magazines and newspapers.
- LexisNexis Academic
LexisNexis Academic is a full text databases of business, legal, news, magazines, and wire services. It includes sources for accounting, environmental studies, health and medical care, government and politics, people, and consumer information. Legal publications include law journals, federal and state statutes, codes, cases, agency rules & regulations, patents and legal reference materials.
- Google Scholar
Set your Scholar Preferences to the "University of Minnesota (FindIt@U of M Twin Cities) to gain get full text access of materials in the library by clicking "Find it". To learn more about Google Scholar go to Google Scholar FAQ.
- ProQuest Statistical Insight
Find statistical publications from US and state government agencies, international intergovernmental organizations, professional and trade organizations, universities and more.
Find Public Opinion and Polling Information
More than 70 agencies in the United States Federal Government produce statistics of interest to the public. This site provides easy access to the full range of statistics and information produced by these agencies for public use.
- Polling the Nations
The online version of the American Public Opinion Index, this database is a compilation of more than 700 polling organizations in the United States and more than 80 other countries.
Get Help with Research
An independent, nonpartisan resource on American public opinion covering politics, elections, current events, national security and other issues. Collects numerous polls from major news organizations.
These library guides and services can help you learn how to effectively use the University of Minnesota Libraries.
Wilson Library Information
- Assignment Calculator
Enter in the due date for your research project (paper, speech, video, poster, lab report) and get a suggested time-line for completing your project on time plus links to the resources on campus that will help you succeed in each step.
-- Wilson Library houses the main humanities and social sciences collections of the University Libraries. Wilson Reference Services (General & Specialized) provide support for both undergraduate and graduate research for the humanities and social sciences.
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