Selected Resources for: Current Issues

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Subject Librarian:

Susan Gangl

This subject covers: contemporary social, economic, political or cultural issues as covered in news and opinion sources as well as some scholarly and public policy resources.

Article Databases and Indexes

* Premier Resources *

Click on BROWSE REPORTS and then choose BY TOPIC or PRO/CON for ideas of topics to research. Designed as a starting place for research, 48 reports per year provide background on current topics of widespread interest. The reports define the issues and include a chronology and extensive bibliographies.

Academic or Scholarly Articles Subject Indexes

Find academic journal articles on topics in mass media, film, television, marketing, and communications in business, health, and other communication studies.

General Indexes to Magazine, Journal & Newspaper Articles

Database linking to scholarly (peer-reviewed) articles.

Business and legal newspapers, magazines, and newsletters plus sources for accounting, environmental studies, health and medical care, government and politics, people, consumer information, US and international.

provides full text for more than 2,000 general periodicals covering a broad range of disciplines including general reference, business, education, health, general science, multi-cultural issues and much more. Plus reference books, biographies, primary source documents, and more.

General Reference Sources

Biographical Sources

A multicultural biographical source that covers notable individuals from every part of the world and from all time periods who have made significant contributions to human culture.


Concise as well as scholarly articles on a wide range of subjects. Also includes links to related Internet resources, and the Britannica Book of the Year. Search tip: When combining words in search, capitalize AND. For example: revolution AND 1848

Examines the philosophical and ethical issues underlying contemporary and historical environmental issues, policies, and debates. Covers concepts, institutions, topics, events and people, including global warming, animal rights, environmental movements, alternative energy, green chemistry, industrial ecology, and eco-sabotage.

General Reference Works

Issues and

This database has been cancelled effective 9/30/2014 Intended for the undergraduate researcher, Issues and is a reference database that combines objective analysis, and opposing points of view on current and controversial topics. Includes coverage of more than 250 controversial topics in the news. Each report includes chronologies, illustrations, maps, tables, sidebars, bibliographies and contact information.

Public Opinion Resources

Polling the Nations is an online database of public opinion polls containing the full text of 500,000+ questions and responses, from 14,000+ surveys, conducted from 1986 through the present in the United States and more than 100 other countries around the world.

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.

Periodical and Newspaper subscriptions

News Sources

Al Jazeera is the only Arabic News Channel in the Middle East offering news coverage 24 hours a day from around the world with focus on the hottest regions of conflict. Founded in 1996, and based in Qatar, the Al Jazeera focuses primarily on news coverage and analysis. Programs are devoted to various topics including Politics, Business, Culture, Sports, and Health. Programming also includes a wide selection of political talk shows and documentaries with uncensored debates and free arguments covering events as they happen. This source contains noteworthy segments that are translated and transcribed.

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.

A starting-off page for finding online and print newspapers subscribed to by the University of Minnesota Libraries.

Statistics and Data

Statistical Resources

A page created by the U of M Government Publications Library staff, you can use it to locate statistics by subject, go to heavily used resources and find answers to common questions.

Allows you to view and compare the most up-to-date statistical data for up to 5 member states of the United Nations.

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.

Selected Government Statistics on/for: Absolute Beginners, Agriculture, Crime and Justice, Defense, Earnings and Income, Education, Elections, Employment and Labor, Energy, Environment & Natural Resources, General Economics, Health, Housing, Inflation and Prices, International Trade, Money, National Accounts, Population, Poverty and Social Welfare, State and Local Areas, Transportation, and United States.

Style Manuals and Writing Guides

Bibliography Software

RefWorks is a web-based citation manager that allows you to create your own databases of citations by importing references from MNCAT and other databases, and then in seconds automatically generate bibliographies in all major styles (MLA, APA, Turabian, Chicago, etc.).

Writing Guides

The Rhetoric Department, English Department, Center for the Interdisciplinary Studies of Writing and the General College Writing Center have come together to bring you writing support in one place.

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