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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 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.
- America: History and Life
This index provides historical coverage of the United States and Canada from prehistory to the present with over 2,000 journals including all key English-language historical journals.
- Ethnic NewsWatch
Full-text articles from over 300 American ethnic and minority newspapers including Asian-American, Jewish, African-American, Native-American, Arab-American, Eastern-European, and other multi-ethnic communities. Coverage dates back to 1990.
- 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.
- ProQuest Statistical Insight
Index to statistical publications from US and state government agencies, international intergovernmental organizations, professional and trade organizations, business organizations, commercial publishers, independent research organizations, and universities.
Find Market/Consumer/Business Trends
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.
- MarketResearch.com Academic
Market research reports on service industries, consumer goods,food and beverage, heavy industry, life sciences, technology and media.
Maps and Mapping Data
- Mintel Market Research
Mintel reports provide market research on consumer products, services, and lifestyles. They identify economic drivers, leading companies, market share, market size, trends, segmentation, and analysis of consumer attitudes and purchasing habits. The subscription includes
Mintel Trends is used to analyze consumer trends by sectors, demographics, themes and regions for advertising and brand development. Observation articles report on new developments and there are tools for exploring and building presentations.
PolicyMap is a web-based online data and mapping application that provides access to over 15,000 indicators related to demographics, housing, crime, mortgages, health, jobs and more. Data is available at all common geographies (address, block group, census tract, zip code, county, city, state, MSA) as well as unique geographies like school districts and political boundaries. Data comes from both public and proprietary sources. A complete list of data available can be found in the data directory.
PolicyMap also provides a Quick Start Guide and a short video tutorial.
Get Help with Research
SimplyMap is a web-based mapping application that lets users quickly create thematic maps and reports using demographic, business, and marketing data for the United States.
Faculty, staff and students are not required to log-in with a user name and password, however, their work will not be saved using this method which is located in the middle of the SimplyMap log-in page - "Sign in as a guest" (your work will not be saved).
Since there is some training required in order to understand a few concepts related to mapping, we highly recommend that you watch our 6 minute training video to get the most out of SimplyMap. The training video can be accessed by clicking on the "Help" link in the top right corner of SimplyMap.
The University of Minnesota has a license for 5 concurrent users for the resource SimplyMap. Please be kind and remember to log off when you have completed a session so other users may access this tool.
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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